Classics: The Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt (Philadelphia International Records)
From their 1981 ‘Get As Much Love As You Can’ album… The atmospheric funky bass-driven ‘Nights Over Egypt’ most likely stands as one of Dexter Wansel‘s most brilliant productions ever. And probably the most soothing song The Jones Girls count in their repertoire in the meantime.
Even though it failed to get a recognition comparable to ‘You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else’ in the charts, it nevertheless remains their most famous song to many. With UK Acid-Jazz band Incognito eventually givin’ it a cover version some 18 years after…
Kinda hard to understand though why the label only gave it a 7 inch promo release at the time…
Nights over Egypt… But never feels like gettin’ down!
– 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.