Weekly Basslines #211: Better Things (Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings)

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The Dap Kings became famous in 2006 as backing band for Amy Winehouse on the album “ Back To Black” , were they contributed six of the eleven album tracks including the two hit-singles “Rehab”  and “ You know I’m No Good”.

The original setup of the band called the “ Soul Providers”  was formed in the mid-90ies. During the recording of their first album, consisting of mainly instrumental funk tracks bassist Gabriel Roth (also known as Bosco Mann) discovered vocalist Sharon Jones.

In 2000 the Soul Providers split up, the “ Dap Kings”  were formed and the first album with this new setup was called “ Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings” (2001). It was produced by bassist Bosco Mann who was credited as being “one of the best analogue producer there is”  by funk Magazine “ Big Daddy” , honoring his amazing vintage 60ies and 70ies Soul/R&B-style sound.

 “ Better Things” was recorded for the fourth studio album called “ I Learned The Hard Way” in 2010.

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 Sharon Jones died on November 18th 2016, aged 60.
She suffered a stroke while watching the 2016 United States presidential election results. Jones remained alert and lucid during the initial period of her hospital stay, jokingly claiming that the news of Donald Trump's victory was responsible for her stroke.