My readers know how much I respected Sharon Jones and adored the music her and the Dap-Kings recorded. I can’t say her death last Friday was a shock â€“ we all knew her cancer had come back and was very aggressive â€“ but it felt unbearably cruel in a year where so many musicians we love have left us. NPR asked me to turnaround a quick essay about her and the group’s legacy and while I wrote it faster than I would have ideally liked to, I still hope I did them some justice in it.
I have you to thank for introducing me to SJ&DK all those years ago. You definitely did them justice.
No shock, but certainly a blow. Thanks for the essay, Oliver.