Remember R&B Trio 'The Jones Girls'? One Member Died Tragically at Age 62
Remember Brenda Jones of the R&B trio The Jones Girls? She passed away in 2017 the victim of a freak traffic accident.
Anyone who loves R&B has hummed along with the velvet voices of The Jones SIsters and enjoyed the dulcet tones of Brenda Jones.
Sadly, her voice is now silenced since she passed away in a freak accident in 2017 at the age of 62.
BRENDA JONES' TRAGIC DEATH
According to Brenda's surviving sister, Shirley Jones, the singer was struck by several cars while attempting to cross the street while visiting her daughter in Wilmington, Delaware.
Brenda spent most of her time with her daughter taking care of her granddaughter.
The Jones Girls, Shirley, Brenda, and Valorie, served as backup singers for soul acts like Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, and Diana Ross
SHIRLEY JONES' GRIEF OVER THE LOSS OF HER SISTERS
For Shirley, Brenda's death was a vicious blow, leaving her the sole surviving sibling after the death of Valorie -the third member of The Jones SIsters - in 2001.
“My sister was my life, she was probably one of the sweetest people you’d ever want to meet. When we lost Val in 2001 that was a real big blow to the family….The bond that we had growing up was unique; it was so special,” she said.
THE JONES SISTERS' CONTRIBUTION TO R&B
Shirley's great consolation is knowing that her sisters will be remembered as part of the history of R&B, not only for their achievements as a group with several gold records and hits on the R&B charts but for their work with some of the legends of music.
SINGING WITH LEGENDS
The Jones Girls, Shirley, Brenda, and Valorie, served as backup singers for soul acts like Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, and Diana Ross before striking out on their own.
Shirley paid a heartfelt tribute to her sister's talent, and to her wonderful personality:
“She was probably one of the most talented women, her voice was like silk. She loved people and she loved music, especially, and we plan to try to give her a homegoing that encompasses all of the things that she stood for.”
Brenda Jones now joins the sadly missed sweet voices of many other singers who have passed away in recent years.
DEATH OF QUEEN OF SOUL ARETHA FRANKLIN
Just a year after the tragic death of Brenda Jones, the world mourned the loss of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
On August 16, 2018, Franklin passed away in her home in Detroit, Michigan, after battling cancer for years.
Franklin was 76, and left behind a rich legacy in a career that spanned 6 decades.
Former President Barack Obama paid tribute to Franklin:
"Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade -- our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace."
It is sweet to imagine Brenda Jones and Aretha Franklin tuning up in Heaven and singing up a storm.