Note: originally written as editorial for Third Text Africa vol 1 no. 2, 2009
“Jerry Jones is a soul singer.”
That would be an innocuous sentence, except that, as Jones assures us, “Still waters run deep.”
Jerry Jones is a soul singer, but you won’t find her on an anthology of soul music. This may seem strange, particularly since Jerry Jones was a black, Alabama born singer who released albums in 1970 and 1971, i.e. when soul was entering its mature phase – Marvin Gaye was about to release Motown’s first ‘protest’ album (What’s Going On) and Curtis Mayfield was beginning his solo career.