Another music great passed away on Friday, as soul star Sharon Jones lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 60. Many have shared their thoughts and well-wishes following her passing, but the real love letter would be to look back at where she signed: the music. Her work with the Dap Kings was a fine throwback to the classic days of soul, with sharp horns and funky grooves. Jones may have gotten a start later than most artists, releasing her first album at the age of 40, but she put out some impressive work over the years.
To cement that, look no further than her connection with Prince. It’s weird that both lives came to an end in 2016 because it seems that there was a great connection when Prince asked Jones and The Dap Kings to open for him in 2011:
He was walking in Austin and he saw us perform, and he told me, “‘Girl, you took me to church.'” According to his purple majesty, Jones’ “When I Come Home” is “the funkiest blues song.”
“That was my first ‘I don’t know what to do with myself’ moment,” Jones recalled.