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Gloria Jones (born 12 September 1938, Longview, Texas) is an American singer and songwriter. She recorded the 1964 northern soul classic, "Tainted Love", later a hit for the British synth-pop duo, Soft Cell.



Jones' entry into the music industry followed the same pattern of many African American artists. She was the daughter of a minister and studied classical piano for ten years, before joining a gospel group singing in church which included amongst others, future stars such as Billy Preston. At the same time she also sang backing vocals for Phil Spector and Bob Dylan. Eventually she was to meet a future writing partner Pam Sawyer, who asked her to write for Motown Records. Jones and Sawyer were amongst the second string of writers at Motown but still wrote for such artists as Gladys Knight & the Pips, Commodores, The Four Tops and The Jackson 5.

She was also the girlfriend of T. Rex singer Marc Bolan with whom she had a son, Rolan Bolan. She sang backing vocals and played clavinet with T. Rex from 1973 to 1977. She was the driver of the car, an Austin Mini, that crashed and killed Marc Bolan on 16 September 1977. [1]

Jones recovered and quickly moved back to Los Angeles with her son, who became a model for Tommy Hilfiger, as well as a musician. Although Jones was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, she never returned to England to face the allegations. After very minor musical success in the 1990s, Jones quit music and then relocated to South Africa and became involved in charity work. [2]

She is now working at an orphanage in Sierra Leone.

Gloria Jones should not be confused with the Gloria Jones who was an original member of The Blossoms.

Backing vocalist work


Solo singles

  • 1964 - "Tainted Love" / "My Bad Boy's Coming Home"
  • 1966 - "Come Go With Me" / "How Do You Tell An Angel"
  • 1966 - "Heartbeat (Part 1)" / Heartbeat (Part 2)"
  • 1966 - "Finders Keepers" / "Run One Flight Of Stairs"
  • 1971 - "Look What You Started" / "When He Touches Me"
  • 1971 - "I Know" / "I Believe In You"
  • 1973 - "Tin Can People" / "So Tired"
  • 1975 - "I Ain't Going Nowhere" / "Simplicity Blues"
  • 1976 - "Get It On (Part 1)" / "Get It On (Part 2)"
  • 1976 - "Tainted Love" (New Version) / "Go Now" (Album Version) (12" - MAXI)
  • 1977 - "To Know You Is To Love You" / "City Port" (with Marc Bolan)
  • 1977 - "Go Now" (Single Version) / "Drive Me Crazy (Disco Lady)"
  • 1977 - "Bring On The Love" (Single Version) / "Cry Baby"
  • 1977 - "Bring On The Love" (Album Version) / "Bring On The Love" (Instrumental)
  • 1978 - "When I Was a Little Girl" /"When I Was a Little Girl" (Instrumental)
  • 1978 - "Windstorm" / "Blue Light Microphone"
  • 1979 - "Listen To Me" / "Father I'm Coming Home" (From the v/a Double Album Alpha Omega)

Singles - As writer/producer (with Gonzalez)

  • 1976 - "Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet"
  • 1977 - "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)"
  • 1977 - "Don't Let It Lay"
  • 1978 - "Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet" (Remix)

Solo studio albums and EPs

Solo compilations

  • 1996 - Vixen / Windstorm

T. Rex albums

Steve Harley albums

  • 1978 - Hobo With A Grin

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