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- Posted on Jan 18th 2008 12:30PM by Mike Spinella
Jones spoke candidly with Spinner about her late success, which saw the singer's transformation from a prison guard to Apollo Theater headliner. "Earlier, in the '70s and '80s -- and early '90s -- I was told, 'You didn't have the look,'" she said. "It had nothing to do with my vocals. I still got that same look. Now, I'm much older, still short, still pleasantly plump. And to be 50 now, I think I'm able to deal with it. I'm able to handle the success a little better. It's the right time."
Brooklyn's soul queen also discussed her Daptone family, and influencing a promising soul queen herself, Amy Winehouse. "[Amy Winehouse's] been out here a few years and she got a record that's gone platinum," Jones said. "For her to say I inspired her, that means these last twelve years or few years, she's been listening to our songs. They've been trying to get bands to produce that sound [for her] but they had to come to the source -- the Dap-Kings. And now, you can't mention their name without mentioning my name. So, it's a blessing, and I'm very thankful for that. I hope Amy gets herself together, gets back out here and keeps doing that music -- the type of music that we're doing."