Over the weekend, legendary frontwoman of the Dap Kings, Sharon Jones
, passed away from pancreatic cancer - adding another unimaginable musical loss to the list for 2016. She will be remembered for her gritty, powerful voice, sassy energy, and retro recording techniques as well as being the sassy vocalist of the New York-based funk group, Dap Kings.
Jones was diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer in 2013 and underwent surgery - which resulted in going into remission nine months later. During the 2015 International Toronto Film Festival screening of Miss Sharon Jones
, a documentary about her life and cancer, she announced that her cancer had returned. At that time, it would be elevated to stage four cancer.
The soul singer had a stroke on election night, telling her loved ones that she blamed Presidential-elect Trump for the stroke. She suffered a second stroke the day after the election and passed away this past Friday.
Jones expressed her love for music by being an active member of her gospel church choir and participating in talent shows backed by local funk bands in the 1970s. But it wasn't until 1996 that she was discovered by Gabriel Roth, a founder of Brooklyn-based Daptone's Records and Dap-Kings bassist.
Recording on vintage instruments with vintage equipment, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings were the center of the New York City-centered soul revival and released seven studio albums. To some, Sharon Jones was considered the female James Brown - who was a big influence to her growing up.
Although she officially started her career in her 40s, the Grammy-nominee made an impact on the world through her incomparable performances, her soulful vocals and fiery stage presence. As Sharon Jones sang in "Longer And Stronger", "Pretty young things, how they come and they go.
" But she definitely left her mark on the world.