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Cancer claims Grammy-nominated vocalist Sharon Jones

Posted: November 22, 2016 - 11:09pm

Sharon Jones, the soul and funk singer, who became a Grammy-nominated vocalist with her longtime backing band The Dap Kings, died Friday of pancreatic cancer.

Jones, 60, released her first album at the age of 40, and was nominated for her first Grammy in 2014 for best R&B album for Give the People What They Want.

The North Augusta native was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and died Friday in a hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y., according to the Associated Press. "Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time," her representative Judy Miller Silverman said in a statement.

Jones was the subject of the documentary Miss Sharon Jones! directed by Barbara Kopple. That film made its debut in September 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival and since has been shown at major film gatherings across the nation and in other countries as far away as New Zealand.

Jones was to attend the Augusta premiere of the film during this year's Westobou Festival, but had to cancel because of illness.

Although the film followed Jones through her year-long battle with cancer with her apparently beating it, Jones announced last year it had returned.

Ed Turner performed with Jones at the Imperial Theatre in August 2014 when she joined Ed Turner & Number 9 as a guest on stage. Together, they performed the James Brown hit It's a Man's Man's Man's World among other songs and received a standing ovation from the audience.

"She beat it once," Turner said of Jones' battle with cancer. "For her to come back, record a Grammy-nominated album, do commercials, the documentary ... She had just been invited to the White House - Obama wanted to hear her. She toured the world. That was the gift she received. She was able to come back, which will forever ensure her legacy."

She often appeared on major late night and day-time talk shows, and she and her band The Dap Kings are seen performing The Allman Brothers' song Midnight Rider in a recent Lincoln car commercial featuring actor Matthew McConaughey.

 

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