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Celebrate 10 years of Daptone Records

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones Credit: Sharon Jones (Steven Dewall)

When Gabriel Roth and partner Neal Sugarman started Daptone Records 10 years ago in a run-down house in Bushwick, they simply wanted an outlet to make music like the classic soul they loved.

Since then, their sound has helped make Amy Winehouse into a superstar and turned singer Sharon Jones - whose band, the Dap-Kings, backed Winehouse on her breakthrough album "Back to Black" - into one of the most acclaimed live acts around.

While Daptone's roster includes artists of all ages, the label is best known for rediscovering classic soul singers and introducing them to new audiences. Jones famously worked as a prison guard after experiencing some success as a backup singer in the 1970s.

Other artists include Charles Bradley, who worked as a chef and a handyman before joining Daptone, and Naomi Shelton, who sang in churches for decades before putting out her debut album in her late 60s.

"We never had any grand aspirations," Roth said. "We just wanted to make good records. Eventually, it became a real company, but still owned and run by a couple of musicians."

If you go: Daptone Records 10th Anniversary Concerts: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg today and tomorrow, and at the Bowery Ballroom on Dec. 12-13. The Budos Band will be playing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Dec. 31. Go to for more information.

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