Archive for January 19th, 2009
I had never heard a group that I thought more should have made it than these girls.
The Jones Girls…I really didn’t play much by them when I was on the radio…basically, because I was not the one programming the radio stations that I worked on back then. But if I had…
It is hard to say exactly why their career as a recording group didn’t take off. It certainly was not because they couldn’t sing. Because they could definitely sing. Nor was it because they didn’t want it bad enough…because they did. Nor was it because they were from the wrong place…because they came from the Motor City…Detroit. And everybody comes out of Detroit. Stevie Wonder is from Detroit…the Clark Sisters are from Detroit…Rance Allen…Aretha Franklin…Temptations, Diana Ross, the Supremes…Motown…etc… Almost everybody comes out of Detroit.
In fact, when I first saw or heard of the Jones Girls they were on tour with Diana Ross. They were so good it was hard not to notice the singers backing up Diana in that show. And then Diana showcased them…and I have never forgotten their names since that night. They were more than just talented…far more. And far better than just good.
And even the Boss Ms Ross knew it…who was far from being shabby herself that night. And so didn’t Motown to have packaged the Jones Girls on tour with their diva of all divas at the time…Diana Ross.
So, then what happened?
I don’t know. But whenever I hear ‘Nights over Egypt’….I think of them…those Jones Girls.
It sadden me to read last year sometime while searching the internet for something or other at the time….that one of the Jones Girls had passed some years ago. And more surprising was the fact that she had died supposedly…based on the information I was reading…that she had died from sclerosis of the liver…due to alcoholism.
What a sad end to a story I would have thought would have ended otherwise.
Valorie Jones died in Detroit on December 2, 2001…she was the middle sister of the Jones Girls. She was 46 years old.
Have another young nephew who will be heading to DC for Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday. And I am so happy.
It is so important for our young children to know that nothing can hold them back…block them…or stop them from achieving success in their lives but them…themselves.
There is something about accomplishments that make you feel good all over. No wonder Barack Obama’s smile is as pretty as it is….he has managed to achieve one accomphishment after another. And he never let anything hold him back…or let anybody tell him that ‘he couldn’t.’
The sky is the limit. Set your goals and start working towards them now…you just may surprise yourself.
But remember to be deligent in everything that you do. And never let anything bearing your name not be done to the best…or to its highest level.
Well, God bless…
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