Soul world mourns Sharon Jones
Three more excellent albums followed - Naturally, 100 Days, 100 Nights, and I Learned The Hard Way - but it was as a live performer that Sharon was most exciting. I was rather late to the party and saw her for the first time only in 2010 at the Festival Louisianne in Lafayette (see photo below) where I was knocked out. When she appeared at the Barbican (pictured above) the following year her high energy act was something to behold. She modelled herself on James Brown and was every bit as hard working and exciting on stage as he was. 'She shook, shimmied and boogalooed her way across the stage', and 'Midway through her act she moved into a frenetic series of sixties dances, including the boogaloo, the jerk and the funky chicken, which must have exhausted the audience, never mind Sharon herself,' I wrote.
So sad that such a tremendous performer should be cut down in her prime. A devastating blow to the world of soul.