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Daptone Records: The House Of Soul

The story behind Daptone Records, the Brooklyn-based independent soul and funk label that helped shape Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley and Amy Winehouse.

The first time Gabe Roth, the co-founder of Daptone Records, came across Sharon Jones was when he was recording soul singer Lee Fields’ Let A Man Do What He Wanna Do 45 for his Desco label, which was the precursor label to Daptone. “We needed three female background singers,” he tells The Blues from Daptone’s House Of Soul studios in the Bushwick neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York. “Joe, the sax player in the band, he said his girlfriend Sharon could sing and she could bring two of her friends along. Well, she turned up on her own, did all the harmony parts and blew us away. Her voice was amazing and by the end of the session we’d made a record with Sharon as well.”


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