Terry Jones

Life and Soul: Terry Jones

Not only did we have the pleasure of chatting to someone we utterly respect this week, but we also get to some top tips on his choice tunes of the moment. He is a celebrated figure within the DJing world, in fact, if we had the power, we’d give this man a knighthood if we could. We were honoured when Mr Terry Jones agreed to do Life and Soul.


Tell Us A Little About Yourself…

I was born in Islington 64 years ago and have been spinning Soul Music to anyone who wants to listen for over, 47 years. I have been with my partner Chase, an International make-up artist for 33 years.

Where Are You Based In The World and What Do You Do For A Living?

I live in Blackheath SE London, not a million miles from the Mi-Soul Studios. I am the London Environment, Safety, Health & Facilities Manager at the London Headquarters of The Body Shop/L’Oreal

What Are Your Biggest Passions?

Deejaying, listening to and playing Soul Music from the sixties to tomorrow & international travel.

What’s Your Favourite Thing To Do When You’re Not Working?

Relaxing with my partner/friends, enjoying good food & a quality red wine, watching a good movie. 

Give Us Three Words That Best Describe You!

Loyal, Passionate, Soulful.

What Piece Of Advice Would You Give Your Young Self Now?

Always be honest with yourself, you are who you are, be proud.

When And How Did Your Love For Soulful Music Begin? 

I grew up in a house full of black music. When most people in the area where we lived in the early sixties were listening to English pop music, fortunately my older sister was playing Big City Soul from the sixties. My ears were filled with the likes of Chuck Jackson, Jerry Butler, The Impressions Ben E King & the Drifters, early Motown, to name a few. In 1964, aged 12, I heard and bought a Temptations 45 called Girl Why You Wanna Make Me Blue, I was hooked. The rest is History 

Name Your Favourite Top Three Tracks Of All Time…

Very difficult as they change daily, and I’ve loved and played so many tracks over the years, it’s easier to separate old & new. Then & Now.

So from then, one constant is Ain’t No Way by Aretha Franklin.

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye would be there most days.

Can I Change My Mind by Tyrone Davis.

At this present time – now, I would say The Way You Love Me – Ron Hall ft Marc Evans, the Atjazz remix of Where Did You Go – Shea Soul, and probably He Is The Joy – Donna Allen.

What Musical Artist Inspires You And Why? 

Aretha Franklin, the greatest voice I have ever heard, and her music has been ever present in my life since the early sixties. Never a day goes by when I don’t listen to at least one track.

Which Mi-Soul Show Do You Enjoy The Most And Why?

A lot of enjoyment for me, so tough, but Drive Time and the Big R & B Show with Ronnie Herel, Martin Lodge, Marcia & Dr Bob Jones, and the new Masters & Clarke show. They are all good friends and I like to listen to people who’s passion for the music runs as deep as mine.

What Was The Last Gig You Went To?

I supported Alton McClain &Tracy Hamlin at the o2 for Expansion Records 30th anniversary

What Artist Would You Like To See Live And Why?

Jerry Butler, my favourite male vocalist from the sixties to the mid eighties, I never managed to catch him. I’ve fortunately seen most others.

What Tune Can You Not Get Enough Of Right Now?

For the past year it’s been Diamonds by Rhemi ft Han Lei. Neil Pierce & Ziggy are amazing talents


Catch Terry playing at Papillon Brighton on 29th October. More information here.

Thank you Terry! You are a legend.

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