Throwback:The Jones Girls-Nights Over Egypt
Brenda, Shirley and Valorie Jones are sisters from Detroit who were vocally trained as children by their mother Mary Frazier Jones who was a gospel singer. They released a number of singles in the ’60’s and ’70s on the Fortune and Hot Wax Invictus labels. A contract to work for the Gemigo label which was a subsidiary of Curtom was their breakthrough. Their first single “If You Don’t Love Me No More” was arranged by Gil Askey who worked for Diana Ross and suggested she use them as back-up singers. In addition to Ross, the group also worked with Aretha Franklin, Linda Clifford, The Four Tops, Little Richard and B.B.King. By 1979 they signed with Philadelphia International Records and their first self-titled album had the hit songs “Who Can I Run To” and “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” and the popular tunes “I’m At Your Mercy,” “This Feelings Killing Me” and “We’re A Melody.” At Peace With Woman was their sophomore outing that continued to reinforce their appeal as one of the best R&B groups of their day. A supreme cover of The Stylistics “Children Of The Night” was one more radio mainstay to enter the Old School canon. “Nights Over Egypt” was written by Cynthia Biggs and Dexter Wansel and the album it came from Get As Much Love As You Can was their last for PIR. There would be three more full length recordings including Keep It Coming that PIR released after The Jones Girls moved to RCA. The material was quality but their profile was not as high as the earlier recordings. Shirley Jones had a hit song with “Do You Get Enough Love” in 1986. Valorie Jones passed in 2001 and Brenda and Shirley continue to tour.