Shirley Jones and The Jones Girls
In 1979 The Jones Girls “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” showed Gamble and Huff still had the magic touch. The classic went top ten on Billboards’ R&B and Disco Charts. However, lead singer Shirley Jones and sisters Brenda and Valorie were not new to the game. Gospel singer Mary Frazier Jones groomed her daughters unique harmonies when they were babies in their hometown Detroit.
By the time Shirley and her sisters signed with Philadelphia International Records, they were teenage veterans. The Jones Girls traveled the world for several years with fellow Detroiter Diana Ross as her backup singers. Ms. Ross even let the girls shine with their own spot where they sang “If I Ever Lose This Heaven”. Diana Ross told Gamble and Huff that The Jones Girls were too good to be anybody’s back-up singers forever.
Those Philly years provided Shirley and her sisters with a string of hits. They include “Who Can I Run To”, “I Just Love The Man”, “Dance Turned Into A Romance” and their Grammy-Nominated classic “Nights Over Egypt”. After a brief unsuccessful stay at RCA Records , The Jones Girls decided to take a hiatus. Brenda got married and Valorie entered college. But Shirley still wanted to sing.
She returned to Philadelphia International Records in 1985 as a solo artist. Shirleys’ 1986 Debut album “Always In The Mood” proved she could handle the spotlight alone. Her 1986 classic “Do You Get Enough Love” stayed number one on Billboards R&B Chart for Three weeks!!!
“Do You Get Enough Love” proved to be prophetic. Shirley married and started a new career raising her son Cameron. He is now 31 and over 6’7” tall. Shirley has already hit the stage again touring with The O’Jays in 2011. Shirleys New Album My Time To Shine was released in October of 2015, It contains a duet with the late, great Mel Waiters and a remake of I’m At Your Mercy, a Jones Girls classic. In 2016 Shirley performed in Shelly Garretts’ 30 year anniversary of his historical play Beauty Shop, in the role of Mrs. Henderson. July 1st 2017 Shirley performed at Essence Festival with Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway and other artists for Marys Strength of a Woman Night. 2018 Shirley showed up and showed out on Tom Joyners Fantastic Voyage Cruise. October 2019 Shirley just completed 3 Sold Out shows in London at the famed Indigo 02 arena, The renowned Jazz Café and The Historic Fairfield Hall in Croydon. 2020 The Jones Girls Story will be told on TVones extremely popular Unsung show on one of the Fall Episodes, stay tuned. Shirley will surely entertain you Old school style with sass, class and superb musicianship. Take a trip down memory lane with Shirley and the songs she and her sisters made famous, a time of Love and just pure fun.