2015-07-03 09:07:14 UTC
> I wish that everybody out there could have known Doris Kenner Jackson, even
> for a few moments. She was an inspiring person in every way. She loved
> everyone and wasn't hesitant to open her heart and embrace a stranger. She
> was fun, funny, warm, and beautiful inside and out. Although I had not been
> in touch with Doris for 20 years, the news of her death leaves a hole in my
> heart and tears streaming down my face.
> I met The Shirelles when the nostalgia craze was first getting started, and
> I was starting out to find success as a songwriter. The group was then
> intact except for Shirley.
> Doris, Beverly, and Mickey. And did they put on a great show, every time.
> Doris and I became fast friends, and she always marveled over how much I
> reminded her of Carole King back in their early days. She tried to help me
> get my songs out there, and to my great surprise, she stayed in touch with
> Christmas cards and notes, even when we hadn't seen each other in a long
> The love that shone from her soul inspired me to write a song about her. It
> was called "The Lady Made of Diamonds, Silk, and Pearls." And that describes
> her completely. Not a commercial song; nothing will ever become of it. But I
> am so glad I had the opportunity to sing it to her the last time I saw her.
> The last line of the song is, "And I'm very proud to be someone she calls a
> friend, because I feel that there's not another like her in the
> world....She's the lady made of diamonds, silk, and pearls."
> If you've ever had a person in your life who inspired you to go on when you
> were so down that you thought you couldn't, then you know what Doris Jackson
> was like. The obituaries will call her "one of the Shirelles." I wanted her
> to be remembered a little more personally than that. Thanks for reading.
> Will C <***@webtv.net> wrote in message
> > Doris Kenner-Jackson of The Shirelles passed away Friday after a battle
> > with breast cancer. She was 58. Hers was the lead vocal on "Dedicated to
> > the One I Love." What a shame.
I had the pleasure of booking her as the lead singer in The Shirelles and playing bass in the band that backed her up in the '80's for one night in Northern California. Fortunately, I had a video made of part of the evenings performance and she was stellar from the moment she walked on stage until the end of the evening. Afterwards, I went up to her room to pay her and thank her for creating a wonderful evening for the audience. She and I sat in her room for close to three hours, chatting about all kinds of things, some of which had to do with the early days at Motown. Her personality, soul, talent and warmth really struck me that evening and stays with me even now. I just wanted to share that with you after having read your post. Doris was one of a kind.