|Chris Battle (left) of Texas got a special treat when he was|
asked to come out of the crowd and dance on stage with Sharon
Jones and the Dap-Kings at the Doheny Blues Festival on
May 17, 2009 in Dana Point, CA.
According to multiple news reports, she had been fighting pancreatic cancer since 2013. Although the cancer went into remission, it sadly returned earlier this year. According to a report in the New York Times, she was surrounded by members of the Dap-Kings and other loved ones when she died.
I only got to see Jones perform once, but she was terrific in concert where I caught her 70-minute performance at day 2 of the Doheny Blues Festival in May 2009.
You can view my review of Jones' performance on the Orange County Register Web site: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/band-67935-stage-trucks.html