In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform at the SPIN Party at Stubb's during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
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Sharon Jones, the stout powerhouse who shepherded a soul revival despite not finding stardom until middle age, has died.Jones' representative, Judy Miller Silverman, said Jones died Friday at a Cooperstown, New York, hospital after battling pancreatic cancer. The story of Jones' battle with cancer, first diagnosed in 2013, was told in Barbara Kopple's documentary, "Miss Sharon Jones!" released earlier this year. Though she triumphantly returned to the stage in 2015 after the cancer went into remission, Jones late last year announced its return. Jones, who would grow into a dynamic, show-stopping performer, grew up idolizing the Godfather of Soul and would later be frequently tagged as "the female James Brown".After growing up in Brooklyn (her mother moved to escape an abusive husband), Jones regularly sang gospel at her church, performed for years in a wedding band and sang back-up for various session bands.Jones never disparaged the better-selling British soul revival led by Ronson and Winehouse that coincided with her rise.
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