Sharon Jones, after fighting cancer for years, took a turn for the worse on election night. The LA Times talked to Daptone Records co-counder and Dap King Gabriel Roth:
Jones, Roth said in an interview Saturday, suffered a stroke on Nov. 8 — election night -- as she was watching the returns. He immediately flew to Cooperstown N.Y., where she was in the hospital, and summoned the rest of the band.
“She told the people that were there that Trump gave her the stroke,” said Roth, laughing.
“She didn't seem anxious or scared or anything. She just wanted to sing, you know, and every time there was a lull in the room she would start moaning some kind of gospel song,” he said.
Read more about Sharon's final days at the LA Times.
Sharon Jones passed away on Friday at age 60, surrounded by her band.
Browse the Sharon Jones tag on BrooklynVegan for 11+ years of memories including that time she sang David Bowie with Iggy Pop, that time she played with Prince, and when she sang with Lou Reed, an experience she shared withAntony Hegarty (who now goes by Anohni). Anohni talked about it in her own euology of Sharon on Saturday:
Goodbye Sharon! We sang and travelled together as Lou Reed's background singers on the restaging of "Berlin" and we had a real laugh! By power of example, you gently pushed me to sing with more guts! Thank you for that. You were born to sing, Sharon, and I am so glad you got the chance to share that with the world. xxxx