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GLORIA JONES
Born: October 19, 1945 Cincinnati, Ohio

Gloria Jones' career began in a church gospel choir, which led to spots singing backing vocals for artists like Phil Spector and Bob Dylan. Her singing talent and years of studying piano and composition led to a job writing for [l=Motown at the behest of Pam Sawyer. Her most notable song was Tainted Love, which she did not write but recorded in 1964, and which would become one of the most covered Northern Soul songs in history - most notably by Soft Cell. Other notable singles she recorded included a cover of Dell-Vikings, The 'Come Go With Me', Get it On (Part 1), To Know You Is To Love You, and a new version of Tainted Love recorded in 1976. Her songs were performed by Jackson 5, The, Commodores, Gladys Knight And The Pips, and others.

She would also continue to sing backing vocals for artists such as Billy Preston, Harry Nilsson and Neil Young, among others, and in 1972 would meet T. Rex front man Marc Bolan with whom she would become involved. She played clavinet and sang backing vocals for T-Rex until late 1977 when a tragic accident occurred - she crashed her Austin Mini, which caused the death of Bolan and spelled the end of T-Rex. Jones moved back to Los Angeles with their son Rolan Bolan.

She now lives in West Africa, and is involved with charity work.
 
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GLORIA JONES: VIXEN/WINDSTORM (RPM RECORDS)
Ah, the “Tainted Love” and “Heartbeat” lady - and a helluva lot more. These two albums were recorded either side of her partner Marc Bolan’s death, and as such show the difference in attitude and emotional adaptations. And it’s to “Windstorm” that I go to first, because with her heart on her sleeve, Gloria spares no punches with “Bring On The Love (Why Can’t We Be Friends Again)”, where her feelings are raw, the wounds still painfully open. What she suffered in her personal life during the la...
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Gloria Jones January 1977 Interview
EUROPE — and especially the good ol' U.K. — has always been a happy hunting ground for American soul artists and there are at any given moment probabl...
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Gloria Jones March 1974 Interview
HOW MANY times, I wonder, do we hear that old worn out cliche from visiting Americans about how much they dig this country and how great it is to be h...
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Gloria Jones 2009 SoulMusic.com Interview
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