Philly Disco Groove of the Day/The Jones Girls/”You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else”

By Patrick DeMarco

Consisting of sisters Brenda, Valorie and Shirley Jones, The Jones Girls got their start singing in Detroit before signing to Philadelphia International Records in 1968. From there, they linked up with legendary Philly songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, where they would soon own their path singing back up for the likes of Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin and Mr. Tendergrass. The ladies further went on to be highly regarded for serving as backup singers for Diana Ross from 1975–78, which would only further cement them as true Philadelphia music divas. 

Releasing a handful of albums and singles throughout the ’70s, The Jones Girls achieved moderate success with soulful offerings,”My Own Special Way,” “Taster of the Honey (Not the Keeper of the Bee)” and “Will You Be There.” But it was when they hit the sassy dance floor of life in 1979 with “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” that their groove things really began shakin.’ Becoming their most known hit, the track hit the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 and found its way inside the top 5 of the R&B charts, as well as on dance floors all across the music globe. One step to the beat, and you’ll know exactly why. 

Since it’s Throwback Thursday, how about this big ol’ slice of local music truth– “Who Can I Run To,” from The Jones Girls self-titled 1979 debut album was covered by the ladies of Xscape in 1995. If you’ll remember, Kandi and the gals version became a number #1 R&B and reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100. The Jones Girls’ original version was also the B-side of “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else”.

Werk, ladies. 

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