Sat. Apr. 20, 2019

The Jones Girls – You Can’t Have My Love

Lost but not least! The Jones Girls – You Can’t Have My Love (Philadelphia International Records)

And here we go again, with one the countless mistakes in the history of the recording industry. And maybe the biggest ever done back then by the Philadelphia International Records execs! The fact that they simply missed to release the vibrant ‘You Can’t Have My Love’ as a single…

From their 1984 ‘Keep It Comin” album which would be their very last for the label. The Jones Girls reachin’ a rare emotional level on this smooth funky synth-led cooltempo groove. A definitive masterpiece that could well be Keni Burke‘s best production ever as a matter of fact!

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Overview
– Hailing from Detroit, MI, Brenda, Valorie and Shirley Jones served as backing vocalists for a myriad of artists. Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Linda Clifford and more…
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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