Leon Russell

Remembrance: With Sharon Jones' death, the music world loses a rare talent — and a refreshing personality

Remembrance: With Sharon Jones' death, the music world loses a rare talent — and a refreshing personality

This past summer I had the pleasure of spending a day with Sharon Jones.

Well, pleasure may not be quite the right word. As anyone who has shared even a few minutes with Miss Sharon could tell you, time with that most underappreciated of soul talents was not an easy or necessarily upbeat affair. Jones could be a direct, ornery, at times even temperamental figure.

But the singer, who died Friday of cancer at age 60, also was a singular personality — not only because of her heaven-rattling voice, but because of her honesty.

I had come that day to an amphitheater outside Philadelphia to see Jones backstage at a Hall & Oates concert, where she and...

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