The name Gloria Jones is probably best remembered in recent years as the woman who first gave us “Tainted Love”, which went on to be a huge 80’s hit for the techno duo Soft Cell.
But Gloria Jones was always a name of note in the Soul idiom. A dynamic and powerful singer, she was one of those people who threw themselves into their songs and did nothing by half-measures.
Originally a founding member of the Gospel group The Cogics, with Billy Preston, Jones was discovered by Producer/Songwriter Ed Cobb and the result was her first single in 1964, Heartbeat. It became smash and established Gloria Jones, who was still in her teens at the time, as a star-on-the-rise.
Here’s that first single, Heartbeat, featuring Billy Preston on the Hammond. And the rest is history.