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Soul singer Sharon Jones, whose work with the Dap Kings sparked a renaissance, has died

Soul singer Sharon Jones, whose work with the Dap Kings sparked a renaissance, has died

Sharon Jones, the incendiary soul singer who was propelled to stardom at an age when most musicians had either hit the big time or accepted the club circuit, has died.

The artist’s albums with her backing band the Dap-Kings paved the way for a soul renaissance that influenced singers including Amy Winehouse and Adele. 

Jones died Friday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to her longtime publicist, Judy Miller Silverman. She died at a Cooperstown, N.Y., hospital surrounded by the Dap-Kings. She was 60.

Her bout with cancer was documented in the recent film “Miss Sharon Jones!,” which also traced her singular...

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