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.