SHARON LAFAYE JONES
May 4, 1956- November 18, 2016
“The brightest star in the Daptone universe, 110 pounds of Soul! Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Sharon Jones…” (via runningwiththeslugz)
From an Interview w/BRM:
In terms of what you were [just] saying… it’s not that easy for black women to be accepted doing hard rock. I was wondering how it was for you thirty years ago when you were doing that. Did you run up against any obstacles at the time?
“Many obstacles and the obstacles were on both sides of the street, the white side of the street, in terms of, this is not your music, which I felt was not true because I’m from Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Rock comes from there. And from the black side, well, you know, you were more acceptable if you were doing R&B or funk, but even funk was not acceptable. R&B was more acceptable. I did get that from the business side, not from the audience. That’s where you had these categories that you’re supposed to fit into, and if you don’t, then they don’t know what to do with you.”
labelle – intergalatic soul showgirls
“What held us back more than anything was making the record, taking what we did onstage and getting people to embrace it on record,” Kennedy said. “The bureaucracy was harder on us than on the people who wanted to invest in the band. We had some good managers, but I don’t think they could see past the interracial element.”
When the integrated lineup of Sly and the Family Stone is mentioned, Kennedy points out that the San Francisco soulsters were primarily an R&B group, while Mother’s Finest reveled in its jagged edges, which was a harder sell to radio. Besides, she said, Sly’s West Coast roots offered “a somewhat different mentality” than the South in the ’70s.
But the band remained steadfast and today, Kennedy, who lives with Murdock in Stone Mountain, is reflective and grateful.
“The music business is a machine and sometimes if you don’t fit the machine, it makes your life hell,” she said. “But your spirit and fortitude, you have to rely on that. That’s why I’m excited about the induction because it says regardless of what happened during the journey, we weren’t overlooked. What we did had a focus, an effect.
“Destiny plays such a huge part in any artist’s career. Sometimes you’re not supposed to open the door. Sometimes you just have to create a path and let other people know it’s possible.”
The BellRays, Riverside CA, USA
Check out this playlist on @8tracks: Black Women In Rock playlist (blackwomeninrock.info) by jaleesa-l.
New songs added! This playlist is sourced from my own personal collection, so I can basically only add songs I’ve bought lol. Check it out!
Betty Davis | “They Say I’m Different”
from They Say I’m Different
“She was the first Madonna, but Madonna is more like Marie Osmond compared to Betty Davis. Betty was a real ferocious Black Panther woman. You couldn’t tame Betty Davis.”
Reblogging for the commentary
Last night Joi took me to see Fishbone on Betty Davis’ birthday. Here she is with her good friend and leader of the band, fucking Angelo Moore. Legendary punk funk God and Goddess. Black rock royalty. (at The Federal Bar – Long Beach)
#NowPlaying Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes by Betty Davis
#NowPlaying Your Man My Man by Betty Davis
Two of my favorites…Shea Rose and the legendary Joyce Kennedy. Rock on ladies!
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings featuring Prince
Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter – Nina Simone
Giving me life this morning
The Bellrays – Everybody Get Up