Everyone at Earbits was crushed to hear that Sharon Jones passed over the weekend after a long, hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be sharing one record of hers each day for the next six days. She and her backing band, The Dap Kings, made some of the funkiest, most impeccably crafted Soul music since the genre even had a name. Her voice was deep and powerful, tinged with pain, joy and hope all at once; in other words, it was the embodiment of soul itself.

After losing so many musical giants this year, we can only hope that Sharon’s passing will be the last.