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Linda Jones

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  • Born: Newark, NJ
  • Died: Newark, NJ
  • Years Active: 1960s, 1970s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

A word in support of an artist who will probably be passed over by 999 listeners out of 1000. Her biggest hit, the tastefully restrained "Hypnotized," came on the Loma subsidiary of Warner Brothers in 1967, but her later recordings for Turbo were probably the most gloriously histrionic soul records of all time. She started at a climax and worked up from there, transforming a ballad like "Let It Be Me" with her towering fury. It was pure gospel -- and then some. Jones was already ill with diabetes when she cut those records, and she fell into a diabetic coma and passed away in 1972 at the age of 27 while resting at home between matinee and evening shows at the Apollo.