Wed. May. 23, 2018

The Jones Girls – Keep It Comin’

This Beat Is Mine! The Jones Girls – Keep It Comin’ (Philadelphia International Records)

Of course, the first songs comin’ to mind when thinkin’ of The Jones Girls would be ‘You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else’. If not ‘Nights Over Egypt’. But the sisters did way more than that.

As a matter of fact, I hardly understand how their label did so few around the release of their 1984 ‘Keep It Comin’ album. Unless for business reasons seemingly. As it would be their last ever on Philadelphia International Records. Anyway, the fact is the latter didn’t get the exposure it deserved. The label only releasing the title track as a 7 inch single. Eventually dubbing it with the uninspired ‘Better Things To Do’ which label heads Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff produced as a flipside.

The result, as one might guess, being that it generated a poor following despite a brilliant production work courtesy of Keni Burke at the peak of his art. With the same applying to the outstanding ‘You Can’t Have My Love’ although it didn’t even get a single release.
Two masterpieces which nevertheless fully justify the investment on this album though. If not the one on the unofficial release of ‘Keep It Comin’. A track which endly saw the light years after as a 12″ on Dance Classics.

I sadly heard about the passing of Brenda Jones in a car accident a few hours ago. And therefore couldn’t thank you enough for publishing this little tribute on my behalf. With deepest condolences to Brenda’s family and friends.

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Overview
– Hailing from Detroit, MI, Brenda, Valorie and Shirley Jones served as backing vocalists for a myriad of artists. From Lou Rawls to Teddy Pendergrass and Linda Clifford to name a few…
As a threesome, they spent most of their time on Philadelphia International Records where they delivered their biggest classics. ‘You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else’ standing on top of the list. But also ‘Nights Over Egypt’. Not to mention ‘You Can’t Have My Love’ and ‘Keep It Comin” with production work by the likes of Keni Burke to a lesser extend.

After the failure of the ‘On Target’ album back in 1983, lead singer Shirley Jones embarked on a solo career. She scored a R&B hit with ‘Do You Get Enough Love’ which Bunny Sigler wrote, co-producing it with Kenny Gamble.
She also released an album – ‘Ladies Night Out’ – along with Jean Carn and Cherrelle back in 2007.

Brenda Jones released a single, ‘What Your Love Has Done’ as The BrendaJones Experience back at the end of 2014 on Josh Milan‘s Honeycomb label.

Valorie Jones sadly died on Dec. 02, 2001, in Detroit, MI, at the age of 45.
Brenda Elaine Jones sadly passed on Apr. 03, 2017, after being hit by a car in Wilmington, DE. She was 62.

– A bassist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer, Chicago, IL-born Kenneth M Burke made his first classes in the second half of the 60’s as a member of Five Stairsteps. Meanwhile, he would mainly act as a session musician during the following decade. Gladys Knight, Terry Callier and Gladys Knight standing among those he collaborated with back then.

Burke would therefore come to prominence by the beginning of the eighties. As a solo artist, delivering jams such as the ‘Risin’ To The Top’. But also ‘You’re The Best’ (from his album of the likes), or ‘Hang Tight’. And as a producer, crafting the classic ‘Put Our Heads Together’ for The O’Jays. Not to mention his contribution on The Jones Girls‘ album, ‘Keep It Coming’, in 1984. The latter resulting in gems such as its title track and the sadly underrated ‘You Can’t Have My Love’.

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The Jones Girls – Life Goes On (M+M Mix) (Philadelphia International Records/BBE)
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