The Jones Girls were by no means a great group. They too often veered into easy-listening terrain, and committed a cardinal music-biz sin by partnering with Lou Rawls (so famously slammed by The Pharcyde many moons ago). But the Girls also produced a song responsible for one of the greatest hip-hop samples of all time: “When I’m Gone” (via YouTube above) was copped by Royal Flush, who made it the backbone of his classic “What a Shame”. And so the lite-soul pride of Detroit earns its place in music history.
Now if I could just figure out the sample used at the end of Smif-n-Wessun’s “We Came Up (Crystal Stair)”. That one’s been hooked into my brain for ages.