Sharon Jones, big-voiced Dap-Kings soul singer, dies at 60

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings performs at Coachella in 2008.
(Los Angeles Times)

Sharon Jones, a big-voiced soul singer who performed with high energy onstage, has died in New York after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 60.

Jones died Friday at a Cooperstown hospital surrounded by her band, the Dap-Kings, her representative Judy Miller Silverman said.

“Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time,” Silverman said in a statement.

Jones was diagnosed with Stage 2 pancreatic cancer in 2013.


Her story was told this year in a Barbara Kopple documentary called “Miss Sharon Jones!” The film documents her transformation into cancer patient and back into a full-throated force.

Jones returned to the music scene with a 2014 Grammy Award nomination for her album “Give the People What They Want” and an album of holiday classics called “It’s A Holiday Soul Party.”


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7:15 p.m.: This article was updated with more background on Jones’ career.

This article was originally published at 6:50 p.m.

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