The Jones Girls

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The Jones Girls were an R&B trio of sisters from Detroit, Michigan. They first recorded for GM Records in 1968, then recorded for Philadelphia International Records with Gamble & Huff.

History[edit source | edit]

The Jones Girls consisted of sisters Brenda, Valorie and Shirley Jones. They served as backup singers for Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, and Le Pamplemousse. They worked with Diana Ross from 1975–78 and were the backup singers on Linda Clifford's 1978 album If My Friends Could See Me Now and on Tower Of Power's lowly rated 1979 album Back On The Streets.

Their biggest hit was "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else". The song broke the Billboard Magazine Top 40 at #38 in May 1979. The song was also a Top 5 R&B hit.

An additional hit followed in 1980, with the single "I Just Love The Man", charting at #9 in January 1981. The less successful "Nights Over Egypt" (released in 1981, charting at R&B #23 in 1982), is currently a cult classic that receives more airplay on urban radio stations than their previous bigger hits.

After the release and failure of their fourth U.S. album, On Target, lead singer Shirley Jones pursued a solo career and had a #1 R&B hit on Billboard with "Do You Get Enough Love", from her top-ten debut album Always in the Mood. "Do You Get Enough Love" was written by Bunny Sigler who also produced it with Kenny Gamble.[1] In 2007, Shirley released an album Ladies Night Out together with Jean Carn and Cherrelle, on CD and DVD.

"Who Can I Run To", from the band's self-titled 1979 debut album, was covered by Xscape in 1995. Their cover version became a number #1 R&B and #8 Pop hit. The original version was the B-side of "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else".

Valorie Jones died on December 2, 2001, in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 45.[2]

Discography[edit source | edit]

Studio albums[edit source | edit]

YearAlbumChart Positions[3]Record Label
USUS
R&B
1979The Jones Girls508Philadelphia Int'l
1980At Peace with Woman967
1981Get as Much Love as You Can15525
1983On Target59RCA
1984Keep It Comin'201Philadelphia Int'l
1992Coming BackARP
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Compilation albums[edit source | edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsRecord Label
USUS
R&B
2000The Best of the Jones GirlsCapitol
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Singles[edit source | edit]

YearTitlePeak chart Positions[4]
USUS
R&B
US
Dance
US
A/C
1974"If You Don't Love Me No More"
"Will You Be There"
1979"You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else"38512
"We're a Melody"7850
1980"I'm at Your Mercy"77
"Dance Turned into a Romance"22
"I Just Love the Man"9
1981"Back in the Day"
"(I Found) That Man of Mine"20
1982"Nights Over Egypt"23
"Get as Much Love as You Can"
1983"On Target"43
"2 Win U Back"47
1984"Better Things to Do"
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (1993). The Billboard Book of Number One Rhythm & Blues Hits. Billboard Books:Watson-Guptill Publications, New York. p. 368. 
  2. ^ Valorie Jones at Find a Grave
  3. ^ "The Jones Girls US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  4. ^ "The Jones Girls US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 

External links[edit source | edit]

Preceded by
"Closer Than Close" by Jean Carne
"Do You Get Enough Love"
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
by Shirley Jones

August 15 – 22, 1986
Succeeded by
"Love Zone" by Billy Ocean