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♪ 100 days, 100 nights ♪

♪ To know a man's heart ♪

♪ 100 days, 100 nights ♪

♪ To know a man's heart ♪ Narrator: In the 1980s, Sharon Jones was told she was "too dark, too short" to be a music star.

So she ended up playing in a wedding band and working in a series of jobs that included a stint as a corrections officer.

Correction officer at Rikers to Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, baby.

We are The Dap-Kings.

♪ I'm gonna whoop, I come home ♪

♪ I'm gonna whoop... ♪ Woman: Took her more than 30 years to get there, and singing is definitely where she wants to be.

Sharon: You see, when it comes to music, I can't just come up here and pretend I'm singing.

I got to sing for real, you understand what I'm saying?

♪ The music got to get all down in my bones... ♪ Man: You know, she doesn't have a radio hit, she doesn't have one of these songs that everybody knows...

♪ Got to feel it all down in my bones... ♪

...but she's established herself as a great soul singer with a huge audience of people all over the world.

Narrator: Some people have called Sharon Jones a female James Brown.

♪ Here we go ♪

♪ Shout, shout, shout ♪ ♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

♪ Shout, wait a minute ♪ ♪ Yeah, yeah ♪

♪ Whoo ♪

♪ I've been laying ♪

♪ Alone for hours ♪

♪ But I haven't ♪

♪ Slept at all ♪ Sharon: Seems like everything I've done in my life takes a little longer.

So, now, I just feel my day is coming.

You know, it's-- it's my time. God is blessing, so...

And now, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, the one and only, super soul sister with the magnetic je ne sais quoi...

Miss... Sharon...

Miss... Sharon...

Miss... Sharon... Jones!

(music continues)

Put your hands together for...

Sharon: Whoo!

Hey! (cheering and applause)

(music playing) This a new one, y'all.

And it's called "Retreat."

♪ I retreat ♪ Whoo!

♪ See you coming from a mile away ♪

♪ And you're looking real cocky... ♪ Alex Kadvan: We were getting ready for this last record, but something was clearly wrong.

Her eyes were yellow.

She was losing weight.

We don't really know what's going on, and I went in with Sharon to the examination room before they did the test and the doctor was there.

And he right then said, "This test will gauge how big the cancer is."

Like, we hadn't been told "cancer" at that point.

One, two, three! ♪ Here I come ♪

♪ Retreat ♪ ♪ Retreat, yeah ♪

♪ Retreat, hell hath no fury like a woman scorn ♪

♪ Retreat ♪ ♪ Retreat, retreat, yeah... ♪

Look at that. (scoffs)


Do you mind if I ask what kind of cancer?

Stage II pancreatic cancer.

We put my next album on hold.

Now till next year, probably--

What, January or something like that, Alex?

If you get a chance, Google me-- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and you'll get to see what I'm into.

I do R&B, funk, soul.

Ooh, that feels funny. (Alex chuckling)

No, just-- I'm the only-- My head, I'm just like whoo.


You know, I always thought I had a bad shaved head.

(Alex chuckles)

Do I have a pivot in the back? Man: No.

I got a pretty shaved head? Alex: Yeah, it looks good.

Man: I mean, I wouldn't necessarily give up singing, I just saying...


Woman: What about this guy over here?

Listen, of course that looks crazy, right?

Alex: It's different. Okay, now, let's fix it.

Now I really like Tina. ♪ Rolling on a... ♪ How about the blonde one there? I'm trying spikey.

Woman: You wanna see the back? No.

Right now, I look like some old lady with a Jheri curl wig on her head.

Oh, no. This is-- eh--

I should get an Oprah look.

Yeah, this looks-- I think it's the best.

I think it's about the best.

(blows raspberry)

I'm sorry. I'm just not...

Alex: It's a change. I know.

It's like another chapter, you know?

Alex: One our major concerns was, "Okay, after the surgery, where does she go?"

And then Megan Holken, Sharon's friend, came to the rescue with like, "Well, she can stay with me throughout her recovery."

Which I said to her, "Are you sure you know what that means?

Like, we're talking six-seven months."

And she said, "That's not a problem."

Megan Holken: I just put it out there as I would to any one of my friends.

And, uh, I wanted her to be in a place where she she could just focus on her.

Baby spinach.

Raw Vietnamese cinnamon.


Chlorella powder and spirulina.

Frozen bananas. Frozen grapes.

(blender whirring) And I just hope she, uh, keeps focusing on her health, 'cause that's what's really gonna help her get through everything.

(phone rings)

Sharon: What's up, Joe? How are you, Sharon?

Sharon: I'm doing all right. Sitting here painting.


Paint-by-numbers? (Sharon laughs)

Why you laughing?

It takes skills. It takes skills.

This chemo is killing every cell in my body every day, you know?

And-and, you know this is tough for me sitting here not doing anything.

Yeah, man. I mean, it's gotta be like 19 years, you know, we've been constantly going.

Like, look at Dave Guy, you know.

He gon' definitely need the work now with the second baby.

Everybody needs some money, you know?

I-- It's like I'm responsible for everybody's payroll.

We gotta get out there.

All right. Love you much, too.

Talk to you later.


(sighs) All right.

This is the African room.

Everything you see is from Africa.

These are like the dreamcatchers.

Some witch doctor put these porcupine spines and little horns from a ram or something.

This is my healing room, and nobody bothers me.

I mean, this is where I come.

So I'll tell the girls you're here. Okay. Okay.

And they'll come out and get you and draw your labs.

Sharon: All right.

(sighs) Oh, boy.

Man: This is the second time I'm going through this.

Yeah? Yeah.

The majority of healing yourself...

Sharon: Is-- Thank you.

It is here. It is. It is. It is true.

That's how I'm handling it. 'Cause I said the first time--

'Cause they told me originally, the first time...

Uh-huh. ...that I had six months to live.

Oh. But then I says, "Yeah?"

I says, "You watch." I've been five years.

Now I got it again.

I says, "Let me tell you something.

I proved you wrong the first time, I'm gonna prove you wrong the second time."

Good morning, y'all.

Time to do chemo.

Oh... (smacking lips)

I can taste it. Ahh...

Dr. James Leonardo: Sharon has an ampullary cancer, which is related to the bile ducts and the pancreas.

She had a very good surgery with a very good surgeon.

A Whipple procedure is-- it's a big surgery, where you take the head of the pancreas, part of the small bowel, and some of the bile ducts and, um, you remove them all as a block and then you reconnect everything.

Oh, man, my nails is turning dark.

The whole inside of my hand is black on the bottom of my foot.

Inside my mouth, my tongue.

Dr. Leonardo: So she's gonna get chemo therapy for about six months to hopefully eradicate any residual tumor cells that might be around.

This is a very... frightening cancer, because if you don't eradicate it completely and it comes back, it's almost impossible to cure.

Sharon: I already got jobs booked in February.

That scared me, 'cause I'm like, I don't want them to cancel any more gigs because money's getting low.

Oh, man, my-- I gotta put my hand in-- I can't do it right now.

Hold on.

Austen Holman: I think we all know how scary pancreatic cancer is.

And, um, we'd have conference calls, and Alex would have to say, you know, "We all need to proceed as if she's going to be fine, but we have to... we have to address the fact that she might not come back."

(music playing)

Gabe Roth: I remember the first winter here being the hardest winter.

There was no heat, and I was working the basement.

There's was no windows. There was just like cold air blowing in.

And Sharon and I did all the electricity.

We actually took this wall out and the kitchen started falling.

So I put this post in, I jacked the ceiling back up, broke the jack, but the ceiling hasn't come down, so...

♪ Genuine ♪

♪ Is it gonna be mine, mine, mine? ♪

♪ You got to be genuine... ♪ Sharon: I was like 35, 36 when I met Gabe.

Little young, little Jewish white boy with curly hair.

I'm like, "What do these little young white boys know about soul music?"

Man: Ladies and gentlemen, The Dap-Kings.

Homer Steinweiss: I've been with The Dap-Kings since I was 16.

I was just so into old soul music and it was the only band doing it at the time.

And then, not just doing it but doing it right.

You know, I can really look to her for a lot of what we've built here at Daptone.

Every time we go on the road, we play to more people.

Every record we do, more and more people buy it.

♪ Dap-Kings, break it down... ♪ We're able to just keep getting stronger and stronger.

Sharon: Whoo! Y'all know what?

I'm gonna show off my Dap-Kings.

I'ma start over here with my trumpet player, Mr. Dave Guy. Dave, hit it!

(trumpet playing)

Come on, Dave!


Do it, Dave!

Put your hands together for Dave Guy!


Whoo! Go, baby.

Now, Mr. Neal Sugarman. I call him "Sugs."

Hit it, Sugs!


Neal Sugarman: First and foremost, we're a family.

This is, you know, someone that we've lived with and... my sister, you know?

I mean, we've spent so many years on the road, and, um, we were freaked out, you know?

(music continues)

Now, keeping that rhythm, keeping that groove, Mr. Funky Foot, Homer Steinweiss.

Hey, Funky Foot, hit it on them drums.

Come on!


You feel?


Hey, Boogaloo. I want you.

Show 'em what you workin' with.

Hit, it, Boogaloo, Boogaloo, Booga--

Y'all, put your hands together for Boogaloo!

I have to start off with-- I catch the news, and then I get up in the morning, of course, put the TV on.

9:00, I must watch Michael and Kelly.

10:00, I watch Wendy.

11:00, of course, "The View." Gotta watch "The View."

Then "The View" goes off at 12:00.

I think from 12:00 to 1:00, I catch up on a little bit of news, see what's going on the world, you know, find out stuff.

So 1:00 comes, I watch "The Chew."

And after "The Chew" goes off at 2:00, I turn over to "The Talk."

Then I watch "The Talk," and "The Talk" goes off at 3:00.

And after 3:00, I watch Queen Latifah.

You know, Queen Latifah go off and then I turn to "Ellen."

And that's the last thing. I'm in this room a lot.

If ever I was home-- me being home in South Carolina--

I wouldn't be eating right.

Megan, nutritionist who invited me into her own home so I can eat well and she can teach me how to eat well so I can get back out there on the road.

Megan: I was really terrified in the very beginning, but I was confident that I could at least care for her.

In my early 20s, Sharon's boyfriend introduced me to Sharon.

And just right off the bat, we just hit it off.

Okay, Megan.

Megan: Sharon performed at my wedding.

Sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and it was just beautiful.

It was the first time I ever heard her sing.

♪ Somewhere ♪

♪ Over the rainbow... ♪ Megan: Have always been great friends.

I really wanted her to be content and happy and comfortable.

Woman: Good morning, Sharon. Sharon: Good morning.

How are you? I'm a little excited.

We are going to South Carolina.

Okay, here we go.

Everything cool? Nurse: Perfect, perfect.


"Foods to enjoy. Foods to avoid."

Pork-- guess which side that's on.

I mean, I love salt pork, you know, but I'm not gonna eat any.

(laughs) What the heck is "salt pork" anyway?

Fat back. Fat back.

That's why they call it "salted pork."

Fat back. (both laughing)

That's what happens when you eat fat back.


But, you know... It's 80/20.

If you deny yourself the good stuff, then you're gonna be a miserable person.

Child, you're gonna have me a pork chop when I get down South.

I'm gonna have me a pork chop. I gotta have a pork chop.

I'm sure you're gonna have a pork chop.

All right, is this the last one? Last one. 90 minutes.

Man: Mission accomplished. Got it.

How you feeling? I'm feeling all right.

I misspoke. So, what's going on?

So, we will repeat this... One more time?

No. No?

The very last time you would get the IV chemotherapy would be New Year's Eve.

Come February, we-- we are scheduled to... we got gigs to play, we got some stuff planned.

Okay. Some tour's gonna start.

I'ma start singing in February.

Whether I gotta sit on a chair and I'll... (vocalizing)

I gotta sing. That's okay.

We got to. That's the goal here, right?

Yeah. So...

I ain't going no hat. I'll go bald.

Bam! Put some makeup on, put some eye stuff, I be looking cute.


Dr. Leonardo: She's very eager to get back to work, but, um, you know, she knows that, you know, we're gonna be watching her.

You're on The Dap-Kings album? Oh, yeah.

Dr. Leonardo: I didn't know much about her, and I Googled her.

And the first thing I came up with was this picture of this woman kinda standing there in a short dress in front of The Dap-Kings.

And I said, whoa, you know, this is a big, strong woman, you know?

But everybody tell me that I look so big.

Like I carry myself tall.

And then I saw her, and she's this little, petite, you know, and very outgoing and down-to-earth.

You got all my stuff? We're pulling for ya.

We're gonna pull for each other right now.

That's right. Yeah, I'm trying to get ready, get back out there on that road, you know?

You look great. Thank you.

Doing pretty good. You know, I'm holding up.

Good. You know.

And the new album should be...

We're looking forward to it. ...should be releasing it.

We'd buy the vinyl. (machine beeping)

Sharon: Uh-oh. That's me? Nurse: Are you ready?

Uh-huh. One, two, three.

Oh, God!

See what I'm saying? Why does it burn me like that?

Why does it hurt like that? (inhales sharply)

Whoo! Megan: Take a deep breath.

All right. Get out of this place.

Have a safe trip, okay? All right, then.

Okay, now. Bye.

Good night, y'all. See y'all. Bye.

♪ Something told me inside ♪

♪ That your love was untrue ♪

♪ Something told me inside ♪

♪ Something told me inside ♪

♪ You said, "Girl, it's all right" ♪

♪ "I would never hurt you" ♪

♪ You said, "Girl, it's all right" ♪

♪ You said, "Girl, it's all right" ♪

Woman: It's right up there. Sharon: Wow.

Yeah, that's nice.

Look at this. All this is James Brown.

This looks amazing. Mr. Brown was the first African-American that insisted on having his face on his album.

Thank you. And then we have one of his Grammys.

Right over here. Ooh, ooh.

Yeah, man, I wanna at least have one of these one day.

You'll get it. Something, some kind of award.

You know, you see him-- But you've met him.

I met him in Italy.

When I saw him, I was like, "Mr. Brown, I just want you to know that, you know, you're a big inspiration."

He looked me right in the eye, he had his arm around me.

He said, "God bless you, daughter."

And we took the picture.

And I was like-- You could see...

That was one of the happiest days of my life.

James Brown, really, that "Say It Loud- I'm Black and I'm Proud."

I mean, that-that was something that opened me up and, um, made me aware and proud of my blackness.

Where Ike? (mutters)

Oh, look at that, look at that. Come on.

(both laughing)

Dora Jones: Sharon was a little younger.

So was in the play and she got up and she made her testimony.

She said, "When I grow up, I'm gonna be a writer, I'm gonna be a singer, and I'm gonna buy my mother a house."

Sharon: My goal was to get my mother out the projects, and that happened.

It was tough, you know, coming up.

Six kids, I was the baby.

I was the only one that finished high school and I was the first one that went to college.

Even as the youngest, I've always been the one that supported my family.

I either worked singing with the wedding band and all the way up until now.

Just the role I've been doing.

I got a bunch of nieces and great-nieces and great-great-nieces and nephews.

At least I don't have kids, so I make sure they have a future.

College, get an education.

(music playing)

♪ When I was a child, I believed what they told me ♪

♪ Every word ♪

♪ To each one shall come what each one shall earn ♪

♪ Mm, mm... ♪ This is little north Augusta.

Cute little town.

Now, you that-- you see that little thing right there?

Sno-Cap Drive-In.

Now, of course, in the late '60s, black people wasn't allowed in here.

We paid the same money, but we had to get our burger from back here.

From the back door.

And this here, that store, you go in the store, the owner had trained his, um, parrot, as soon as black people came in the store, the parrot would go, "Nigga's stealing."

So he taught that parrot to say this.

Right there.

And this man was so nasty, he used to call us "little niglets" and whatever all the black kids whatever he wanted to call.

And we used to buy the candy.

And he would keep the candy and he would give us bags of candy.

And sometimes we'd break the candy-- the candy's so old that it'd have the little weavers and worms in it-- that was the candy he used to give to little black kids.

But this is the pond, the famous pond.

Look at that. Somebody-- Yes.


(geese honking)

Oh, can't fish without a cigar.

All right, let's do this.


And what's that boy name, um, Roosevelt.

And he threw my line out there and threw my fish back in the water.

And I picked his bike up and threw it in the water, too.

Pissed me off.

I wanted to throw him in the water, but I threw his bike.

I wonder if his bike is still in this pond.

(music playing)

♪ Slow down, love ♪

♪ I can't pick up all you're putting down ♪

♪ Your words fall all around me ♪

♪ See them laying here on the ground ♪

♪ Don't be cross with me, baby... ♪ Remember South Carolina?

I say, "Go ahead on, bro."

He shot around me, cops got him.

He should've... ♪ Slowed down ♪

(laughs) ♪ Slow down, love ♪

♪ He tread too fast ♪

♪ And the state trooper pulled up behind over ♪

(laughs) Let me stop. That ain't funny.

All right, let's go to the top.

We're rolling. (music playing)


♪ I've been away too long ♪

♪ Our conversations have been few... ♪ Gabe: People ask about the process of how we record records here at Daptone.

There really aren't that many magic tricks.

I mean, the idea is the musicians make the music, and we try to get out of their way.

We use an 8-track tape machine.

And what that does, is it forces us in the studio while we're recording, to make the decisions about how the record's gonna sound.

If the trumpets too loud, then the trumpet player has to play quieter.

If the hi-hat's too loud, then the drummer has to hit the hi-hat quieter.

♪ Be right there... ♪ But at the end of it, the idea is that when we're done recording, the record's on the tape.

'Cause I record over it.

You know, I'll tell 'em, you know, "If you're going back in there, the last one's gone."

And what that does, it puts them in a state of mind where they're performing.

♪ I really love you... ♪ Another thing that has brought the last couple records up a notch is the Dapettes, because they're just the perfect support for Sharon.

Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan and Sharon Jones sang together in a wedding band called "Good & Plenty."

They've been singing together for years.

♪ You wanna be my lover, wanna be my lover... ♪ Starr Duncan: I came in at the lowest point in my life.

I kinda got into a situation where money wasn't flowing and I wasn't touring.

So I was literally going-- and back and forth the subway train sleeping in there.

Let me see. Yeah, let's look at it.

Starr: And it was 2010.

The Dap-Kings, they were trying out background vocals.

So I said sure.

Record on six.

Starr: To have the opportunity to do this was such an honor.

(music playing) ♪ Why you don't like my man? ♪

♪ Whoa, Mama, Mama, Mama ♪ No, that wasn't it. No, that wasn't it.

We was trying to be too soft.

Saundra Williams: Being that relationship I have with Sharon and Starr, when I look at them, I feel like we're family.

I respect them for their honesty and from where they come from.

They come from humble beginnings, you know?

And we all share that connection together.

So when I see Sharon's personality, I see how she responds to stuff, and how things affect her.

I know where that comes from.

Where she lived, her mom, all that.

♪ Mama, Mama, Mama ♪

♪ Why you don't like my man? ♪

♪ Oh, oh, Mama, Mama, Mama ♪

♪ Why can't you understand? ♪ Gabe: They've been singing together for years, so the bond that they have as friends and musically, it's real.

And they understand where they are, just like the rest of us, they're part of a support system.

And all of them surrender themselves to a greater cause of making this one sound.

♪ Don't you know he treats me right? ♪ Saundra: It's crazy how our voices blend together.

Starr's voice is like a mother singing a lullaby to a baby.

Sharon has a strong voice. I call her "The Train."

Her voice is like a train coming out the track.

You better get out the way, right?

♪ She don't like the way he dress ♪

♪ Or the cigarettes he smokes...♪ Sharon: All my life, music just came to me.

I never took vocal lessons.

Never took any kind of musical lessons.

I just listened and learned and you watch and you do.

♪ Oh, she says he's rough and he's lazy ♪

♪ But, Mama, how can I explain? ♪

♪ How the way he drives me crazy ♪ It's chilly, too.

Lookit, I made it up the ramp.

And do you feel it in your legs? Yeah, right in the hip.

Good morning, good morning.

I got a video. Of?

Of my new song "Retreat."

Saundra, after she saw the video, she was like, you know, "I got like the little black figures are the cancer.

And you start chasing 'em back and you overcame the cancer.

And you close your eyes and you prayed and then you beat it.

Now you gonna get back out in your music and conquer."

Gabe: "Retreat," I wrote that song about Sharon, you know, and a lot of it was coming from she can be real tough.

You know, it's one of those things kind of I always told Alex, our manager.

It's just like, you know, don't try to figure it out.

Just don't get in her way, you know, just do it.

♪ Retreat ♪ ♪ Retreat, yeah ♪

♪ Retreat ♪

♪ Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned ♪

♪ Retreat ♪ ♪ Retreat ♪

♪ Retreat, I'll make you wish that you was never, never born ♪

♪ Retreat ♪ ♪ Retreat... ♪ Watch yourself.


All right, you better run.

I haven't been to church in so long.


(exhales sharply)


(music playing)

♪ Hallelujah, hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah, hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah, hallelujah ♪ Woman: Hallelujah!

Sharon: Again, I just wanna give my heart to God.

And right now, I'm just gonna try to sing a little bit of

"His Eyes on a Sparrow."

♪ And I sing ♪

♪ Because ♪

♪ I'm happy ♪ (cheering and applause)

♪ And I sing ♪

♪ Because ♪

♪ I'm free ♪

♪ And God's eye ♪

♪ Is on ♪

♪ A sparrow ♪

♪ And I know, oh, yes, I know ♪

♪ He watches over me ♪

♪ Church, I sing ♪

♪ Because ♪

♪ I'm happy ♪

♪ And I sing ♪

♪ Because ♪

♪ I'm free ♪

♪ Whoa, His eye ♪

♪ God's eye ♪

♪ Is on a sparrow ♪ Whoo!

♪ And thank God, thank God, thank God ♪

♪ Thank God, thank God, thank God ♪

♪ Thank God ♪

♪ Thank God He watches ♪

♪ Over me, yeah ♪

Whoo! (cheering and applause)


God! Thank you, Lord!

What I live for! Whoo!


Lord, thank you!

What I live for!


(music continues) Man: ♪ Yeah, yeah ♪

♪ Well, well, when I think of Jesus ♪

♪ And what He's done for me ♪

♪ When I think of Jesus and how He set me free ♪

♪ When I think of Jesus and what He done for me ♪

♪ When I think of Jesus and how He set me free ♪

♪ I want to dance, dance, dance, dance, dance all day ♪

♪ All day ♪

♪ All day ♪

♪ All day, all day ♪

♪ All day ♪

♪ All day, all day ♪

♪ Say come on and shout ♪

♪ Shout ♪

♪ Shout, shout ♪

♪ Shout, shout ♪

♪ Shout ♪

♪ Shout, everybody, shout out now ♪

♪ Shout out now, shout out now ♪

♪ Shout out, shout out ♪

♪ Shout out ♪

♪ Shout ♪


Praise the Lord.

Man: My God, my God, my God.

Thank you, Lord. Man: Come on, let's give it for this woman right here and clap her praise of this place.


Ah, at it bright and early, huh?

The crack of noon for musicians.

Good to see you. How you doing?

(speaking Spanish)

There's no other group but musicians when you talk about 11 people that, you know, have been rolling around in vans together around the country for years and years and smell each other's sweat and listening to the same mixtapes, you know, and doing show after show together, night after night on stage, you just get to the point where it's as natural as breathing.

Binky Griptite: So it was, uh, a really rough summer.

A lot of changes.

My wife and I had just decided to split.

And then right after we spilt, the whole tour got cancelled, like, everything just blew up.

And so, it's like divorced, laid off, and my friend has cancer.

At the time that the band got sidelined, I didn't have enough money to pay rent.

I make my money from performing.

And so if there's no shows, there's just nothing.

And so it was very... very big wake-up call.



What is going...

What's happening, Sharon?

How you feeling? I'm... I'm not feeling too good.

Gabe: It's rough. I can't imagine what she's going through.

It's hard because she wants to move forward, but the way it is in our business, gigs are booked nine months in advance record releases are booked.

If she wants to be rolling hard in February, then we need to be committing to a lot of heavy things right now, which doesn't feel great.

It would feel a lot better if we could-- if we could just let her, you know, take care of herself and feel better before we do that.

But obviously, this isn't the end of her career, you know, this is the middle.

(music playing)

♪ So many times there was a man who met a girl and took her hand ♪

♪ What the hell is wrong with this mic? ♪

(music continues)


♪ So many times there was a man ♪ (laughing)

Gabe: Everybody's geared up, and it's kinda-- it's nice now to kinda be back in action a little bit and feel like we're starting to get rolling again.

Even though it may be a couple of, you know, some baby steps.

(music playing)


♪ Whoa ♪ I forgot the lyrics to it now.

♪ Now I'm here at last ♪

♪ Oh, and I'm here to stay ♪

♪ Just look into my eyes ♪

♪ And then you'll realize ♪

♪ There is only one thing left to say ♪

♪ Oh, tell me ♪ ♪ Tell me you care ♪

♪ Oh, come on ♪ ♪ Tell me that you love me ♪

♪ Come on and tell me that you love me ♪

♪ Tell me you care ♪ ♪ Let me, let me hear it ♪

♪ Tell me that you love me ♪ ♪ Come on and tell me that you care ♪

♪ Tell me you care ♪

What else-- what else you got, Sharon?

"Now I see"? "Now I see," yeah, yeah.

"Now I see," I forgot about that one. Sing it.

Which one is that? Which one is that?

(trumpet playing)


Gabe: Great, you got it. What's next?

Alex: I just want to go over some real just, uh, quick nuts and bolts stuff.

Sharon: Nuts and bolts. Alex: So Thanksgiving Day Parade, like, during the whole ride down, you're not singing or playing anything.

You're just waving and smiling.

We're trying to block some time to make a music video for "Stranger to My Happiness."

Sharon: What? To make a music video.

The band, though, right? With you.

I don't know about all that.

I still tell y'all, understand I'm taking chemo.

Do you understand I can't?

If I have to stand up or lift or walk, it's like, it's a whole different thing, you know?

I really... I-I thought that I was getting better, but it's like it's really breaking down on my white cells, so I'm like weaker now.

I mean, you know.

I feel we just take it as it goes.

All right, Gabe, Homer. See y'all later.

The 7:15 train I'm catching, so... Okay.

...I'm leaving. You sound good.

Feel like I ran a marathon. I feel so tired.

Oh, you worked harder than most people work on a day.

Oh, God. I mean, you did amazing.

Phew. Ah, man.

Alex: So, real quick, finances.

Tracy had already said, "Hey, here's how short we are in having enough for the health insurance."

To avoid some of this, I did look into business loans and lines of credit for the band.

And I don't know. Especially with Sharon's--

I mean, I'm guessing hundreds of thousands of dollars that Sharon probably... I have no idea.

I just know what some of the early stuff costs, like the surgery and stuff.

Gabe: I just refinanced my house.

And, like, the first couple banks rejected me.

And apparently they read about Sharon being sick, and, like, rejected the loan because they were like, "Well, how are you gonna make money if she's sick?"

And I was like, "Jesus Christ."

Sharon will be better than she is-- than she was today.

I mean, I thought she sounded remarkable.

She's gonna get through this and she'll be back on her feet, man.

She's gonna be... like she's...

Who's tougher than that, really?

(music playing)

♪ Humble me ♪

♪ Humble me ♪

♪ Don't let me forget... ♪ Hey. Come on.

Let's do this.

♪ Humble me ♪

♪ Humble me... ♪ I'm glad I came up here. This is so relaxing for me.

This so, you know, so where I needed to be.

♪ When I start talking down ♪

♪ Like I'm hovering above, oh, yeah ♪

♪ Like I'm made of something better ♪ Ah. Man, the pond is probably frozen.

They might be a little soft over the-- from the frost, but... yeah.

Sharon: Ain't a bug or worm in that? Mm-mm.

Mm. Good.


It's okay. Just throw it out.

One of the deer will eat it.

(braying) Sharon: Look at her.

Can you sing? (vocalizing)

(Megan laughs)

♪ La, la-la-la-la-la-la ♪


Yeah, the water's frozen, Meg. Yeah.

Megan: Nice. Oh, yeah.

Come through the ice! (both laughing)

Come here. Come on. Let's go.

Come on, come on.

Megan: Watch out. Look out.

(both laughing)

I haven't seen you move that fast...

This is where William Beekman's family, uh, is buried.

Sharon: They should have a light switch in here.

(Sharon gasps)

Megan: This one was Cornelius. Was killed by...

Megan: By a sleigh.

Sharon: I'm-- I'm really thinking about this.

Why should you pay somebody every year to keep your body in some dirt in the ground.

Yeah. To me, that don't make sense.

So what do you want to do? I think I--

I don't know if my family is gonna freak out

'cause nobody has ever said they wanted to be cremated and ashes spread out.

They gonna freak out.

Well, what do you care? You're gonna be dead.

I'm gonna be dead. What do I care?

I'm gonna get cremated. I mean, because over that laying with my mother, my father-- my father over here, my mother in this spot.

Why? Grandparents.

Everybody spread around. Nobody goes.

It's not like the family gonna go, "Oh, let's go to the gravesite and have a memorial."

Get the... You know?

Nobody even go back to that gravesite till they maybe at the church one day like, "Sharon's buried here." Why?

You could give a little bit to each person in your family.

You could tell them to throw it where-- There you go, there you go.

The best memory of you was... That's right.

Go throw some ashes in the pond. Serious.

Sharon: Me, I just got up this morning, you know, and all of my eyebrows are gone.

My lashes now are like-- I don't wanna look in the mirror.

(phone rings)

Hey, Gabe. What's up? Hey, Sharon, how you feeling today?

Gabe, I got a bald face spot right now. I just hope it grow back.

I don't wanna be like Whoopi Goldberg with no eyebrows, man.

I don't wanna be bald-faced for the rest of my life.

Gabe: You coming down Monday or Tuesday or what?

We'll get there Tuesday. Okay.

All right, Gabe. All right, I'll talk to you.

All right now.

Woman: Can we put the coat back on?

I know you're probably hot. Sharon: Uh-huh.

Put the coat back on and try some scarves with it.

Well... If this is, yeah.

This is a little overflowing.

You know who I feel like?

Remember Fester in "The Addams Family"?


Right? All I need now is the black rings around my eyes...


Woman: And that's so pretty.

Sharon Jones. (phone ringing)

This is cool, too. Hold on one second.

Hey, Sharon? Huh?

It's Alex and Judy. They want to talk to you really quick.

Better be something important to stop me from what I'm doing.

Said it better be something important to stop her from trying on jackets.

Judy: Um, "Ellen" for you. Who?

You're gonna do "Ellen."

All right. You there?

Yeah, I'm still here. Speechless?

Yeah, that's cool, man. Did you hear that?

I think I don't-- That's-- I don't wanna, like, get too excited.

But, um... No, get excited.

That's like being on "Oprah," man.

Do I get to dance with her?

I wanna dance with her. We'll make sure to put that request in.


(music playing)

♪ I got some new shoes ♪ (mumbles)

♪ I said it's time to move ♪

♪ Yes, I'm finished talking to you ♪

♪ Lots of new shoes ♪

♪ I'm going walking ♪ ♪ I said it's time to move...♪ Hey...


All right, here I come. (groaning)

Oh, you got those, um... Hey, Sharon.

Whoo. Ugh.

Oh, man, this is the worst.

Hey! Woman: Here we go.

What? We're sitting.

We gonna be doing "The Ellen Show."

(cheering) Woman: Shut the front door.

What-what you say? What you think I said to Judy?

"Well, could you make sure I dance with Ellen, please?

Let her know I wanna dance with her."

It's just overwhelming 'cause I know how long you wanted to be on there.

That's all I got to say. (laughter)

Yeah, I know, but we were talking about just going out to dinner together.

My mother-in-law, she was gonna pick me up and then we're driving up in her car.

Gabe: We're-- we're doing it in California, is that the plan?

I second that motion.

Sharon: Okay, let's go.

Y'all having fun without me and I don't like it.

(laughter) Ain't we gonna eat?

Why would they-- I will kick his ass about right now not having eaten all damn day long.

I'm gonna call Alex and curse his ass out.

Austen, let's go. Fuck these Dap-fucking-Kings right now.

What? What's going on? Because dinner cancelled and I'm pissed.

Let's go. We'll go get dinner.

We'll go get dinner. It's not the same.


To celebrate "Ellen."

We're gonna go in L.A. We're postponing it for L.A.

It's not the fucking same.

Let's go. I'm ready to go now 'cause I'm pissed.

Don't be pissed. We'll get some... we'll get some, uh... It's not the same.

The guys is not eating. I'm not with them.

We're not hanging out. We're not eating.

We haven't had a dinner and hung out in a while.

Before the holidays. Before Thanksgiving.

We could've had a fucking dinner-- our Thanksgiving dinner--

We're not gonna see each other for Thanksgiving, that's for the parade.

(whining) Wave to the people.

And then everybody gonna go home and eat dinner with their family.

Y'all the only family I got.

I thought we were gonna have a family dinner tonight, and it's been cancelled. Man: Call Ellen.

God! Let's go eat dinner.

Let's go eat steak, Sharon. Man!

We'll go to dinner. I've got to go eat dinner.

We gotta eat dinner anyway.

Alex, how dare you stop dinner for us.

This was our dinner. I thought it was gonna be like our Thanksgiving dinner.

He didn't stop it. Who stopped it?

The guys didn't wanna do it. No "guys." Only one guy.

That was Dave Guy.


I'm not mad. I'm all right now.

It's over with. It's over with. I had to say what I had to say.

I'm done! I'm done.

Happy Thanksgiving! (music playing)

Happy holidays!

♪ When I was a child, I used to wonder ♪

♪ How Santa put my toys under the tree ♪

♪ I said, "Mama, can you tell me how this can be ♪

♪ When there ain't no chimneys in the projects?" ♪

♪ Ain't no chimneys in the projects ♪ ♪ In the ghetto ♪

♪ Not in the projects ♪ ♪ Ain't no chimneys in the projects ♪

Look at this.

I wish my mother could've seen this.

It's like, all these years, me and Dap-Kings, you know, the hardship that we go through...

I-I mean-- In church, we used to sing this song.

I mean, um, Sister Bullock, and she used to always sing this song.

♪ May the works I've done speak for me ♪

♪ May the work I've done speak for me ♪ And-and this just, you know, when--

She like... ♪ When I've done the best I can ♪

♪ I want my friends to understand ♪

♪ May the works I've done ♪ You know...

And it just that-- I just believe that now what I'm doing, it-- all this hard work is finally paying off, you know?

And that's-- that's my goal. That was my goal all these years.

Just to do good music and to get out here and be recognized.

I mean, of course, you gotta become a star and all that kind of stuff.

I'm not-- I never had in my head that I wanted to be a star.

I think all the time when I had in my head I wanted to be a star, nothing happened.

And when I just said, "You know what? I just wanna sing and use this gift and people love me, you know, for my voice, not the way I look, and enjoy my music."

And that seems to be happening right now.

To see my-- me.

The same woman that-- the guy from Sony said I was "too fat, too black, too short, and too old."

And look at me now, you know?

I'm still... I lost a little weight since the chemo.

Cancer, but I'm still black.

And I'm-- I'm short. I'm not gonna change.

I'm still 4'11 1/4", you know, but, um, I'm just a better person than-- than I-- I'm a better person than when that man told me that, because I felt bad, and I looked at myself and saw ugliness.

I saw, you know-- And that's when I said--

I came home to my mother, and my mother said, you know, "You don't listen to that man," you know, "You just realize you're a beautiful, black young woman, and God blessed you with a gift, and use your gift."

And so, that's-- that's all--

Looking at this, you know, that's-- that makes me think about...

You know... my mother... (choking up) is not here to share some of this joy with me.

But I know she's... she's watching over me.

So, that's all.


Hey, Alex-- Austen here.

Alex on phone: I'm just trying to balance a very delicate situation of Sharon's health, first and foremost, her mental health, and then how that effects everything moving forward from February 1st on.

You know, once we hit...

Austen: We're kinda coming into high-speed time.

And with the record coming out the second week of January, she gets started doing a lot of promotion.

For example, "Late Night Fallon," photoshoots, interviews, you know, because she's been sick, we've had to make some adjustments in terms of not piling too much on, and being very cognoscente of, you know, how she's feeling, and what three or four months is gonna look like from now.

Which is not the easiest thing to predict.

Where my pickle? Where my pickle?

Let me see if it's the right pickle. I don't think it's the right pickle.

Oh! It's the right pickle! Oh, man!

I am so happy! Y'all have no idea!

I'm so glad. Don't talk to me right now.

Mm! Oh, my God!


So what have you been thinking about clothing?

I can't even talk right now about how I feel.

This-- this is the most important thing right here-- right here!

(grunts) Mm! I enjoy that meal.

It makes me happy to see you so happy.


Sharon: Wait, what am I doing now?

Alex: Okay, so this is for Johnathan, who's a dear.

"Dear"? Yeah, D-E-A-R.

That's so stupid. Okay, then don't do...

"Dear, Johnathan," what?

You know, "Thanks for your support. See you next month."

Austen: Did you see the back where it's dedicated to your mom, Sharon?

That's nice. Aw.

What's next? Write one to Barack and Michelle.

'Cause you gave her a record last time, didn't you?

Yeah, that's right. "Dear, First Lady." There you go.

Then he gonna get mad like, (imitating President Obama) "Well, she sent it to you and not me.

I'm the President, baby."

She be like, "Well, honey, I went to see her show.

You didn't go to the show, so now you need to get up here...

White House so she can sing, so you can see who she is."

Okay. "Dear, First Lady.

I hope you enjoy"... Alex: My new record.

And get with it and get me up there at the White House soon.

Okay. What's next?

Remember we talked about getting the assistant tour manager kinda be the person who takes care of you. Uh-huh.

What's that "uh-huh"? I'm really getting scared.

I'm just looking at everything and it's freaking me out a little bit.

If you want us-- if it's important to you that we have that time off, then we'll take it off. I'ma need some down time.

I wanna, like, maybe get away and go somewhere for, you know... maybe Africa or back to Hawaii or something.

Africa? I don't know, Alex.

I'm going for it now.

Like, I got a bucket list now.

When you die, you gonna do everything.


I thought about that on my deathbed, so, yeah.

You weren't on your deathbed. Yes, I was, Alex, y'all don't even know.

When that doctor was sitting in there, and he came in that room.

I remember. You know what I thought?

"Give the People What They Want."

I was gonna be dead and they gonna be like, "Ooh, look at Sharon."


"This her last album." I thought it was gonna be.

I thought that was my last album.

I really did. Well, it's not gonna be, so let's not talk about it. Okay.

Sharon: Alex, I think one time, I think I made him cry.

And I said to 'em all, I said, "That's all I am to y'all?

Y'all don't give a shit about my sickness? Y'all don't care nothing about me?

All y'all worried about is I'm on this road and y'all keep putting these jobs and you keep sending me out"--

I said, "That's all it is.

So that seems what this seems like, that's all I am to you y'all is money.

I'm making y'all money. Money got in your pocket.

Y'all don't give a shit about me.

If I, you know"...

Alex like, "Don't even say that."

I saw him get so... and I never said that to him again.

Alex: She didn't want to do much business talk.

She wanted to focus on just getting better.

But I wanted to always make sure she was aware, like, "Hey, we didn't stop working and planning. Things are happening."

I wanted her to make sure she had a reason to-- to get better.


How are you? You ready? Last one.

All right. Party time.

All right.

Here we go.

Four, 56. That's right.

Okay. 75 minutes, one hour.

Okay? Okay. All right.

Hey. Hey, Alex.

You never met Dr. Leonardo? No.

Alex, that's my manager. Oh, this is... Oh, hi.

That's the Kad-man. Pleasure to meet you.

Hi. How are you? (Sharon laughing)

Thanks for everything.

See, she's always laughing in here, but her pictures, she always looks like, you know, "I dare you," you know?

Yeah, they put those mean pictures up. I know, I know.

The white coat, she tends to be really friendly around.


At some point, is there a follow-up, like, scan?

Yeah, we should do a baseline scan at some point.

Because the reason you want that is you wanna have something to compare to in case you have problems in the future.

And, you know, lots of reason to be optimistic about it.

Sharon: Yeah. Dr. Shabode told me at the hospital, he said, "I got everything."

That's the thing. Okay.

Good to meet you. Alex: Yeah, you, too.

Thanks so much for everything. Okay.

How's everyone at home? You talk to your...

I'ma tell you, Alex.

Everyone that called me up and asked for something, and I just said, "Yo, don't call me and ask me for nothing.

I can't pay your mortgage. I can't pay your credit bills.

When I get, I'll call you up and give you.

Don't call me and ask me for anything."

Everyone I had to do that.

It's gonna be tough for me, but it's just crazy down there.

I'm sorta glad-- That's why I came up here.

It's the best thing ever. Yeah.

(machine beeping) You did need a distraction.

Nurse: Okay, you want me to disconnect ya?

Ow! (sighs)

Sorry. That's the last one, right?

Yepper. Yes.

Congratulations. Thank you.

Happy New Year. Happy New Year.

Happy New Year.

Midnight, my brother died.

And I remember, we were was in New Year, we were somewhere, and I was backstage and the tears just started coming down and I almost started--

I said, "I can't do this. I can't go on."

And I could hear my brother, "Go on, Sharon.

You know this is what you do. You better be strong.

Get on our there and sing."

Pfft. Right into the song.

And the night when my mother died, and the band was there.

Then when we on that stage and that music is out there...

I have no worries in the world.

I don't think about anything, any pain.

Sure, there's death, but people came to see us.

And the show must go on.

(cheering and applause) Happy New Year!

(music playing)

Your first New Year kiss.

Yeah! Whoo!

Man: Graced by the presence of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings live in studio this morning.

"Give the People What They Want" is out this week.

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings live.

(music playing)

Give a huge welcome to Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings.

(cheering and applause) Woman: Give it up for Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings!

Please welcome back to our show Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings.


♪ Long time since I've seen your face... ♪ Hi. Hey!

(chatter) All right.

♪ Long time since you said good-bye ♪

♪ I'm coming home, honey, don't you cry ♪ Thank you so much and God bless you. Thank you so much.

Embodied everything that I loved about the '60s, and you brought it into today. Thank you.


I love this song. Yeah?

I like this one.

I can't wait till I get hair so I can shake it.


(music playing)

♪ There was a time ♪

♪ We were friends ♪

♪ Or was it all in my mind? ♪

♪ Or was it just pretend? ♪


There goes Ellen right there. I don't wanna keep Ellen waiting.

Here to perform, from their new CD, "Give the People What They Want," please welcome Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings.

♪ I'm feeling ♪

♪ I'm feeling, I'm feeling... ♪ Look at Joe, look at Joe.

♪ Hey, ow ♪

(cheering and applause) (Sharon laughing)

I'm Sharon Jones...

Oh, go on! I danced with Ellen.

I danced with... ah!

That was nice.

Oh, that was good. Wow.

So how long have you been cutting hair, Starr?

Over 20 years. Wow.

And I'm not gonna lie. This is the God's honest truth.

Before I started doing hair... Uh-huh.

...I was a phone sex operator.

Oh, what? You were?

Yes, I was a dominatrix on the phone.

This is the way it goes. "What do you want, slave?"


And of course, they were like, "Your phone voice is so sexy."

Like you know, you pervert, I'm saying to myself.

But then, at the same token, I'm like, "Okay, I'ma need you to pin yourself, now!"

And they would literally be in their office taking off their pants.

Literally pleasuring themselves listening to someone talk dirty to them.


(cheering and applause)

I just really wanna be truthful. Thank you, guys.

Um, especially all of the management, all of the work.

And Dap-Kings, man, thank you, guys.

I don't wanna start crying.

But I really didn't think I was gonna be here.

Felt so good seeing y'all on that stage last night, you know?

But I'm gonna tell y'all, Alex, man...

I mean, for these years, I mean, he came in my life.

My life as a musician, as an artist began because he took control and he brought out stuff.

He got me gigs, and, I mean, just things that to the point I trusted him with my life.

And y'all don't know what it was like when I was in that hospital.

And I turned around and looked and Alex was in the room right there, you know?

And then when I woke up, came out of that, you know, he was right there.

And when my tears fall, to see his tears fall along with my sister, I mean, that's like family.

And I was telling you, man, I love you and thank God you're in my life.

You know, and I really appreciate you.

You know? (crying)

I really do. (applause)

It's not gonna make up for the bills. (laughter)

Cheers to a great record.

(cheering and applause)

That's gorgeous.

Binky: Everybody's just happy to be back and happy that she's still healthy and able to do what she needs to do.

When I say "what she needs to do," it's not that doing the show for us so that we can have a job, but, like, she needs the show.

That's her therapy. That's like the best therapy she could have.

Sharon: Good morning. What can I help you with today?

I'm scheduled for a CAT scan. Okay. What's your last name?

Jones. And your first name?


Machine: Breathe.

You guys can come back in if you want now.

It's all safe.

(line ringing)

Hello? Hey, Dr. Leonardo, this is Sharon.

So, the CT scan I think is all good. Mm-hmm.

Um, there was one area of the stomach that the radiologist said, you know, he couldn't tell.

It was kinda thickened, and on the CT scan you had back in July, it was also kinda thickened.

But he-he thought that it's probably something that they should look at it with what they call an endoscopy.

Sharon: Mm-hmm.

You know, this is sort of a baseline, so that if anything happens in the future, we can, um, have something to compare it to.

All right, so what do you think about that--

What about-- When can I--

Let me make a couple phone calls and see if I can get this done sooner rather than later. All right.

Take care. All right, Dr. Leonardo.

Bye. Bye.


Well, I'm just looking at the scar tissue.

Yeah. Because, remember, they went in...

There's a lot that happens in there. Yeah. Yeah.


That's not what I wanted to hear. Yeah.

But I-I still think everything's okay. Yeah, I do, too.

I don't think it's anything crazy.

(music playing)

♪ Longer and stronger ♪

♪ That's how I live ♪

♪ The more I get, the more I got to give ♪

♪ 50 years of soul gone by ♪

♪ And 50 more to come ♪

♪ You think you've seen something ♪

♪ But, Lord, I've just begun... ♪ Slow down now. Oh, oh, oh.

Slow down. Slow it-- What I tell you?

I do it every time.

Sharon, we're gonna turn off the TV really quick.

I wanted to say good-bye. All right, I was gonna come down.

I love you. Okay.

Mm, talk to you later, all right?

Call me when you get your results tomorrow.

Okay, I will. I'll let you know everything okay.

All right? Okay.

Okay. Okay.

I just feel like... everything-- everything just kind of caught up with me.


It was the first time in a while that it kinda got scary again.


You know, it's hard. She's so strong.

So you can't even really... let yourself get too worked up, because you have to be strong for her.

So... yeah.

And you're here for an upper endoscopy with Dr. Raymond.

Sharon: Mm-hmm.

Megan: Sharon...

Nurse: Yeah, it'll take her a little bit to wake up, and then she'll just go home and sleep.

Megan: That's the most relaxed I've seen her in a long time.


Can I, um, her manager on the phone as well so that he can hear what you're gonna say?

Sure. Austen and Alex.

Everything looks pristine clean.

Beautiful. Megan: Yay.

It's clean? Yes.

(cheering on phone)

There is no prob-- no evidence of tumors or cancer.

Megan: Good news, yeah.


Megan: She doesn't know how to be happy yet.

But she will be in a little while. I don't know.

I'll give you guys a call back later, okay?

The bell. "Ring this bell three times.

Its toll to clearly say, 'My treatments are done!'"

(bell ringing)

One more.

(cheering and applause)

Bye. See y'all.

Megan: One thing, you know you realize that this cancer that you had is something that you always have to respect that you have.

Yeah. I mean, it's nothing that you can just say, "Oh, now I'm in remission.

I can... Nope.

...do whatever the hell I want now,"

'cause you can't. Nope.

Let me tell y'all, like, I got friends.

People I've known for years.

But nobody have never been as friendly and as giving as you have in a lifetime, you know, you literally nursed me back to health.

I gotta tell you something.

You know I never wear jewelry, right? Yeah.

And I put my grandmother's ring on.

And I wanted to have as much strength...

to be there for you because... I was so scared.

I don't know what I would've done if they would've told me they found cancer and I would have to go through some other stuff.

It would've freaked me out.

You know, I think I would've just--

I don't know. You don't have to worry about that now.

Right? I know it. That's why-- that's why-- that's why I didn't do it.

And I was saying a hymn to myself.

Thanks, man.


Sharon: Been in here for like seven months, so now it's the last day here.

You know, gotta go back now to the hustle and bustle.

And you know what, Megan?

Like I said, if you can remember the picture.

How far did you get on it? Only that little-- over where her fingers are at. Only.

There's just like eight zillion-- That's a lot.

That's-- that's gonna take me a while to do that, so...

That's it.

I'm packed.

Megan: Alex is here. Oh, man. Okay.

(car door shuts) All right, y'all. I gotta chill out now.

Alex is here. Damn. (Megan laughs)


Thanks for everything. Oh, of course.

You know this is your home away from home.

Thanks, man.

Bye. See you later, Alex.

Thank you so much.

Alex: You feeling okay? Yep.

And how's everything else coming? You're ready, right?

Yeah. That doesn't sound very reassuring.

Yeah, I'm not-- I'm just being truthful.

I'm just not, you know...

I'm just-- I'm not comfortable, you know, yet.

I know how my legs are feeling still, you know?

Austen: Is it getting better? Yeah, it's better.

But I'm just saying, you know...

I'm not as enthused as I should be, you know?

Getting ready to get back out there and I'm not that...

Like, "Yeah, I'm ready," you know?

We'll get there. Yeah.

(music playing)

♪ I've been laying with you night after night ♪

♪ You leave before I see the morning light ♪

♪ I always say that you're welcome no more ♪

♪ But when you knock, I open up my door ♪

(music playing)

Gabe: Okay, okay. You gotta play another pattern, man.

That's what I just said. I know... (vocalizing)

Yeah, don't play the gallop, because he's playing the gallop.

I listened to "People Don't"-- 50 times. Oh, yeah?

I just let it play, I let it play, and then I keep doing what I'm doing.

And I sing along, every once and while, I miss a word or two.

It's all in my nerves, you know, I'm just like--

I just-- With everything going... Yeah, it's a lot.

...from the sickness, it's just like I--

And then I start freaking out when I think about it, they go away.

I know 'em, but then when I think about 'em, they disappear.

Miss... Sharon... Jones.

You guys, stop. We gotta stop.

We're gonna stop, right?

Austen: You know, for months, she just didn't listen to the music.

(music playing)

But we're kinda like--

You know, for us, it was a little bit harder to understand.

You know, you have all this free time, like, listen to your record and get to know it, but she very much separated her musical self with her illness and her sick self.

Binky: She stronger than she thinks she is at this point.

But, you know, she'll get it.

Once we get back on the stage, it'll all be much more apparent.

Like where we really are, you know?

You got all the stuff? I got your stuff.

Binky: One, two. Check. All right.

You wanna run "People Don't Get What They Deserve," Sharon?

Oh, please do. Okay.

Let's run-- let's run "People"-- let's run "People" for Sharon.

Sharon: So even if I mess it up right now, don't worry about it, y'all.

If she messes it up, please don't worry about it, y'all.

Got you, Sharon.

(music playing)

What had me in these moods the last few days is 'cause things just haven't been working for me like I wanted it.

♪ When I was a child, I believed what they told me ♪

♪ Every word... ♪ I really wanted to get my strength back in my legs.

I wanna move. I wanna have energy. I wanna dance.

But I have to have that confidence in myself, and I have no confidence right now.

I can't concentrate on sound and sing, too, so I gotta get the sound right.

Sharon: Because I don't know if I'm gonna have the energy.

So, tonight is my first night to get back out and hopefully be able to find myself.

Find not the old Sharon but another Sharon.

That's my concern-- getting in front of my fans looking the way I'm looking.

I know how my mother's hair was falling out and how she looked.

So, when I see that, I see myself, I see my mother.

And I think that's what bothered me, too.

In all this stuff that I'm trying to, you know, hold it in, and it keep going.

And it's just, you know, it's a lot.

Oh, that stuff stinks.

You gotta massage the leather, that's the thing.

Right. (laughs)

Alex: Did you hear about this guy? Did you hear the news?

No. Tonight's show trumpet player.

He's leaving. Really?

Yeah. Sad. Wait, for Fallon?

Yeah. Congratulations, man.

(saxophone playing scales)

It's all about the beginning of the show and the end of the show.

What happens in the middle-- What does my friend Bosco Man say?

Nobody remembers the middle. Groove.

And did you figure out the shoes?

Sharon: I already decided my feet is what it is.

I gotta have some time to myself, get my nervous together.

Okay. All right.

Bye. See you later.

Did she put any lipstick on... No.



Okay. You ready to go in?

You ready? Mm-hmm.

Saundra: We're really grateful and we just thank you so much, God.

And we just wanna say thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you. Bless Sharon from the top of her head to the soles of her feet, Lord God.

Let her remember her lyrics and everything.

Thank you, Lord. Amen. Amen.

Gabe: Tonight, we got Dave, we got everybody tonight.

All: Yes. Let's enjoy it.

All: Dap-Kings!

(cheering and applause)


Here we go. Hit it.

Binky: And now, ladies and gentlemen...

New York, are you ready?

I said, Beacon Theatre, are you ready?!

(cheering and applause continues)

Because, ladies and gentlemen, in our entire career, The Dap-Kings have just taken the longest time off that we have ever taken.

But it had to be taken in order for Sharon Jones to kick cancer in the ass.

(crowd roaring)

But now that she's taken care of that, ladies and gentlemen, she's back.

We're gonna welcome this young lady to the stage.

Please welcome...

Miss... Sharon... Jones!

New York!

Wake up, y'all!

How y'all feel?

Y'all feel all right? Hey!

How y'all doing up there in the balcony?



I'm back! Whoo!

Guess what. I'm feeling good.

I'm back, and I'm feeling good.

Hey, hey, hey!


Let me get to singing.

♪ There was a man who had a plan-- ♪ Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh. Hold up. Hold up.

I got excited. I forgot the words.

Uh, what's the words about a man?

Don't worry, y'all. Give me time.

So many times there were a man. There you go.

Got you. Here we go. All right.

I'm gonna do this a lot tonight. Now, listen.

♪ So many times there was a man, he met a girl, who met a man ♪

♪ He told her, "Never will I leave you, my love" ♪

♪ But just as soon as he gone again, she's flapping in the wind ♪

♪ Wondering what she must have been thinking of ♪

♪ She's said, darling ♪

♪ I've been in and out so many doors ♪

♪ And I've always tried to keep my head ♪

♪ From all the men I've known before ♪

♪ Hey, oh, yeah ♪

♪ But it's a mystery ♪

♪ Just how you came right in ♪

♪ You-you stole my heart away ♪

♪ And left me there again, I'm feeling ♪

♪ Feeling like a stranger to my happiness ♪

♪ I feel like a stranger to my happiness ♪

♪ Feeling like a stranger to my happiness ♪

♪ Feeling like a stranger ♪

♪ Ooh, yeah ♪

♪ I'm feeling ♪ ♪ Feeling ♪

♪ I'm feeling ♪ ♪ Feelin' ♪

♪ I'm feeling ♪ ♪ Feeling ♪

♪ Feeling like a stranger to my happiness, yeah ♪

♪ Whoa, and I'm feeling ♪ ♪ Feeling ♪

♪ Feeling like a stranger to my happiness ♪

♪ Hey ♪

♪ Feeling like a stranger to my happiness ♪


Whoo! (cheering and applause)

I haven't been this short-winded in a long time.

Oh, my goodness. Whoo.

All right, y'all.

You know, I wanna take a little time out right now to thank a few of my friends.

Everyone from Sharon Spring, that group is what got me back up here on this stage right now.

(cheering and applause)

Thank God for Megan for being my guardian angel.

And most of all, I'd like to thank Dr. Leonardo.

My doctor.

When I thought I wasn't gonna make it, he assured me that everything was gonna be all right.

Dr. Leonardo, I thank you!


Y'all, our trumpet player, Mr. Dave Guy...

Tonight is one of his last nights with us.

Look at my face. I don't want him to see it.

But I just wanna say I really--

Dave, just so you know, I do love you, I'm gonna miss you.

I'm not mad at you.

He's gonna believe in us. He's gonna be on the new... with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. (cheering and applause)

Each night, he can stay in New York and be home with his family.

I'm just happy for him.

But if it don't work out... he'll be back.

Mr. Dave Guy.

(music playing)

Now, this song is called "Longer and Stronger."

I'm a little short-winded right now, but I feel good.

It feels good to be on this stage and tonight is my first night.

I gotta see how much I can do, how far I can go.

So I'm glad to be testing this out on y'all tonight here.

Testing out my energy.

♪ Longer and stronger ♪

♪ That's how I live ♪

♪ The more I get ♪

♪ The more I got to give ♪

♪ 50 years of souls gone by ♪

♪ 50 more to come ♪

♪ You think you've seen something ♪

♪ I said, "Lord, I've just begun" ♪

♪ Pretty young things, how they come and they go ♪

♪ Ain't nothing lasting but no girl is sure ♪

♪ You see a woman like me ♪

♪ I can stand the test of time ♪

♪ Day after day, year after year ♪

♪ You know that I'm ♪

♪ Longer and stronger ♪

♪ That's how I live ♪

♪ I said the more I get ♪

♪ The more got to give ♪

♪ Hey, 50 years of souls gone by ♪

♪ 50 more to come ♪

♪ And you think you've seen something ♪

♪ I said, "Lord, Lord" ♪

♪ "I just begun" ♪

♪ Whoa ♪

♪ Come on home, let me hear it ♪

♪ Hey ♪

♪ Longer and stronger now ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ Longer and stronger ♪

♪ That's how I live ♪

♪ Whoa ♪

♪ Longer and stronger ♪

♪ I've got to keep moving ♪

♪ I've too much to give, yeah ♪

♪ I've got something I want to give to you ♪

♪ I got to give the people what they want ♪

♪ Longer ♪

♪ Longer and stronger ♪

♪ Whoa ♪ Binky: Miss Sharon Jones.

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ Whoa ♪ Whoo!

Announcer: On your side. This is News 12 at 6:00.

Singer Sharon Jones is recovering after a procedure to remove a small mass from her liver.

I just spoke with the singer, who is still in New York right now, where doctors removed that small tumor.

It's all thumbs up from her, by the way.

She says her voice is strong. She feels good.

She'll be heading home to Augusta soon.

Right now, my attitude is, um... cancer is in your body and it never leaves.

Sometimes it never flare-up again, and it could be another 10-20 years.

Whatever I go in, whatever they say, I just have to deal with it.

And that's the way I'm thinking for the rest of my life right now.

Now we just need to sell millions of records.

I wanna sell a million records.

I mean, that's not easy to do nowadays, but...

Yo, you gotta be positive, and you gotta say we gonna sell a million records.

We're gonna sell a million records. There you go.

Done. Done.

Claim it.

I believe it. Okay.

I believe it if you do. There you go.

All right.

♪ I've been laying with you night after night ♪

♪ Uh, uh, oh, yeah... ♪

Hey, Neal. Hey.

How are you? Good.

Hello. Hello.

♪ Oh, I say you're not welcome no more ♪

♪ No, no, no, no, no, no-no ♪

♪ No more ♪

♪ But when you knock, I open up the door ♪

♪ I say, "Get up" ♪ ♪ Get up, get up ♪

♪ "And get on out" ♪

♪ And get up ♪ ♪ Get up, get up ♪

♪ And get on out, whoo ♪

♪ No one can know ♪

♪ No one, no one can know that you are here ♪

♪ For you, I've shed so many tears ♪

♪ I said that no one can know ♪

♪ No one, no one can know that you are here, yeah, yeah ♪

♪ That you are here ♪

♪ Come on now ♪

♪ Get up ♪

♪ Come on, y'all, time for my shoes to come off, y'all ♪

♪ 'Cause right now ♪

♪ I got something to shout about ♪

♪ I feel like I-- I got to ♪

♪ Feel like I gotta shout ♪

♪ Let me shout ♪

♪ Got something in my bones ♪

♪ Hey, go on ♪

♪ Let me shout ♪

♪ I feel it in my bones ♪


♪ I gots to ♪

♪ You know ♪

♪ You see ♪

♪ Let me tell y'all something ♪

♪ For those of y'all who don't know ♪

♪ What I'm shouting about ♪

♪ I got something to shout about ♪

♪ I didn't know that I would be alive ♪

♪ Here tonight in Augusta ♪

♪ Giving you, the people ♪

♪ What, what, what ♪

♪ What you want ♪


♪ You see, a few months ago ♪

♪ I looked in the mirror ♪

♪ And when I saw myself ♪

♪ I did not like the person that I saw in that mirror ♪

♪ It was me, and I was bald ♪

♪ I didn't have one string of hair on my head ♪

♪ I didn't have eyebrows ♪

♪ And you, my fans ♪

♪ My friends, y'all said, "Sharon" ♪

♪ "You look beautiful without hair" ♪

♪ You said, "Sharon, take your time" ♪

♪ And guess what ♪

♪ By me, by you inspiring me ♪

♪ That's why, that's why I'm here ♪

♪ Tonight ♪

♪ You see, I'm alive ♪

♪ Cancer-free right now ♪

♪ And I'ma keep on ♪

♪ Keep on shouting ♪

♪ Keep on my faith ♪

♪ Keep on believing ♪

♪ 'Cause I know God got it ♪

♪ God got it, He got me, y'all ♪

♪ He's my doctor, He's my lawyer ♪

♪ Whoo, I say He's a healer ♪

♪ That's why I got to shout ♪

♪ Yeah, shout ♪

♪ Whoa, I feel it ♪

♪ In my bones... ♪

♪ Shout, yeah ♪

♪ Ah ♪ Whoo!


I got something to shout about.

(cheering and applause)

(music playing)

♪ All the things I've been through ♪

♪ Just to sing this song ♪

♪ All the people I've seen come and go ♪

♪ As I kept pushing on ♪

♪ I had to work as a prison guard ♪

♪ Tell the men to do what they're told ♪

♪ 'Cause some record label told me I was "too fat, too short, black, and old" ♪

♪ I had to direct a choir ♪

♪ To lift my voice out ♪

♪ 'Cause that's the only place that I can sing and be proud ♪

♪ 'Cause I'm still here ♪

♪ I said I'm still here ♪

♪ From the ghetto to the garden ♪

♪ From the boardrooms to the bowl ♪

♪ From Down Under to Great Britain ♪

♪ I've played so many drinking holes ♪

♪ Then the big "C" crashed down on me ♪

♪ Tried to take it all away ♪

♪ And I didn't know if I would live ♪

♪ Live to see another day ♪

♪ But I'm still here, yeah ♪

♪ Said I'm still here ♪

♪ I'm still here ♪

♪ I'm still here ♪

♪ I'm still here ♪

♪ I'm still here ♪ ♪ I'm still here ♪

♪ Whoa, yeah ♪

♪ I'm still here ♪

♪ Mm ♪ ♪ I'm still here ♪

♪ I'm still here ♪