Friday, December 31, 2010

Dorothy Jones of The Cookies Has Died

I have received word via her cousin Ruby, that Dorothy Jones the original founding member of The Cookies died on Christmas Morning, December 25, 2010. 

Dorothy Jones, founding member of the Cookies, who charted four times for Dimension Records and sang backup on tunes like "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Neil Sedaka and "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva, died Christmas Day of Alzheimer's disease in a hospital in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 76. Dorothy formed the group in 1954 with her cousin, Beulah Robertson and Darlene McCrea. Darlene left two years later and Beulah helped form Ray Charles' backup singers, the Raelettes, in 1958. Dorothy continued with her cousin, Margaret Ross and Darlene's singer, Earl-Jean and the group turned out such hits as "Chains" (#17-1962), "Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys" (#33-1964) and their biggest hit, "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" (#7-1963). They also recorded as the Cinderllas in 1964, bubbling under at #134 with "Baby, Baby (I Still Love You)". Other names they recorded under were the Palisades, Honey Bees and the Stepping Stones. The group disbanded in 1967.