Soul singer Sharon Jones, whose work with the band the Dap-Kings earned her a Grammy nomination in 2014, passed away on Friday. She had battled pancreatic cancer since 2013, a period chronicled by Barbara Kopple in the documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!”
Jones was known for her extraordinary energy as a performer, a quality that proved compelling as, with the Dap-Kings, she worked to reinvigorate the spirit of funk and soul music from its heyday in the 1960s and 70s. Remember her with their song “8 Days (of Hanukkah),” which was included on the band’s 2015 album “It’s a Holiday Soul Party.”
“8 days of Hanukkah,” Jones sings on the track, “every one of them glows with love.” For fans of all faiths, her music will carry that glow forward.
Talya Zax is the Forward’s culture fellow. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @TalyaZax