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Pattie's Angel Date  
She left this world to become a real angel on June 16, 2007.  She died at her home peacefully.  She knows how much she was loved and that our music will never sound the same without her.  

Rest in Peace Sweet Angel Patricia, we will never forget how you touched our lives and the music's no good without you!!!!!!!!!


Hard to Live Without  
They say there is a reason,
They say that time will heal,
But neither time nor reason,
Will change the way we feel,
For no-one knows the heartache,
That lies behind our smiles,
No-one knows how many times,
We have broken down and cried,
We want to tell you something,
So there won't be any doubt,
You're so wonderful to think of,
But so hard to be without
When Tomorrow Starts Without Me  

  • When tomorrow starts without me,
    And Im not there to see;
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes
    All filled with tears for me;
    I wish so much you wouldn't cry
    The way you did today,
    While thinking of the many things,
    We didn't get to say.

    I know how much you love me,
    As much as I love you,
    And each time that you think of me,
    I know you'll miss me too;
    But when tomorrow starts without me,
    Please try to understand,
    Than an angel came and called my name,
    And took me by the hand,
    And said my place was ready,
    In heaven far above,
    And that i'd have to leave behind
    All those i dearly love.

    But as i turned to walk away,
    A tear fell from my eye,
    For all my life, I'd always thought,
    I didn't want to die.
    I had so much to live for,
    So much yet to do,
    It seemed almost impossible,
    That I was leaving you.
    I thought of all the yesterdays,
    The good ones and the bad,
    I thought of all the love we shared,
    And all the fun we had.

    If I could relive yesterday,
    Just even for awhile,
    I'd say goodbye and kiss you
    And maybe see you smile.
    But then I fully realized,
    That this could never be,
    For emptiness and memories,
    Would take the place of me.
    And when I thought of worldly things,
    I might miss come tomorrow,
    I thought of you, and when I did,
    My heart was filled with sorrow.

    But when I walked through heaven's gates,
    I felt so much at home.
    When God looked down and smiled at me,
    From his great golden throne,
    He said "This is eternity,
    And all I've promised you."
    Today for life on earth is past,
    But here it starts anew.
    I promise no tomorrow,
    But today will always last,
    And since each day's the same day
    There's no longing for the past.

    But you have been so faithful,
    So trusting and so true.
    Though there were times you did some things,
    You knew you shouldn't do.
    But you have been forgiven
    And now at last you're free.
    So won't you take my hand
    And share my life with me?

    So when tomorrow starts without me,
    Don't think we're far apart,
    For every time you think of me,
    I'm right here, in your heart.

Carry On  
And when I'm gone, just carry on,
Don't mourn, rejoice,
Every time you hear the sound of my voice,
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling,
And I didn't feel a thing,
So baby don't feel my pain
Just smile back
Losing a Loved One  
Although your heart is hurting,
And you feel you can't go on
Know in that very moment
Your loved one wasn't alone

For God was there beside them
Holding onto their hand
As the time drew nearer
For them to leave this land

He held them close and whispered
"My child, your time is now"
"But how will my loved ones go on?"
He whispered, "I will show them how"

"I will give them strength and love
And comfort in the night,
I will fill their hearts with peace
Knowing you had wings as you took flight

You no longer walk amongst them
For now you fly above
With all my Heavenly angels
Spreading ever lasting and eternal love"
Believe  
Every step I take
Every move I make
Every single day
Everytime I pray
I'll be missing you

Thinking of the day
When you went away
What a life to take
What a bond to break
I'll be missing you

It's kinda hard wit you not around
Know you in Heaven smilin' down
Watching us while we pray for you
Everyday we pray for you
Till the day we meet again
In my heart is where I keep you friend
Memories give me the strength I need
to proceed
Strength I need to believe....
Miss You Terribly  
They say there is a reason,
They say that time will heal,
But neither time nor reason,
Will change the way we feel,
For no-one knows the heartache,
That lies behind our smiles,
No-one knows how many times,
We have broken down and cried,
We want to tell you something,
So there won't be any doubt,
You're so wonderful to think of,
But so hard to be without
I thought this was beautiful  
“I console with you. We have lost a most dear and valuable relation, but it is the Will of God and nature that these mortal bodies are laid aside and that the soles enter into the real world. This is rather an embryo state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely borne until he is dead. Why then should we grieve that a new child is borne amongst us mortals, a new member added to happy society. Our friend and we are invited aboard on a party of pleasure which is to last forever. Her chair was ready first and she has gone before us. We cannot all conveniently start together and why should we grieve at this since we are soon to follow and know where to find her.”
Pattie Darcy-Jones by Lana Wieser - A Dear Friend and Neighbor of Pattie!!!  

As you enter the one-lane, dead-end road, you begin to wonder if it is a road at all.  It is almost grown over with Forsythia and barely passable by car.  There is a bend in the "undergrowth" that you cannot see beyond.  It is reminiscent of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken".  Only the brave will continue down this road to find a beautiful little house tucked in the woods, situated up on a hill.  The house has a wrap around deck to enjoy the most remarkable view of Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey.

The sign by the driveway reads "Jonsey Hill" and this is where Pattie and Courtney Jones call home.  After traveling the world and working with super-stars, such as Cher, they can probably call just about any place on earth their home. However, being both modest and unassuming, it suits them perfectly.

Pattie's journey began in West Orange, New Jersey.  The oldest of four children in a very musical family.  While her father Gene Darcy sang for a local radio station, her mother, Helen had two sisters that wrote harmonies and sang together, also.  On Sunday afternoons, her grandfather and a group of his Portuguese friends would come to the house for dinner and wine.  After dinner someone would break out the mandolin and another would play the spoons and there would set the tone for the rest of her life.

The first big musical influence, outside of her family, was the "Beatles".  She believed she was the fifth Beatle, singing and performing for whomever would listen.  In her Catholic, all-girl, high school she joined the choir and the theater and landed a part in the production of "West Side Story."

"I was a tomboy in high school, real skinny and flat-chested as a teenager.  I was kind of a geek, too, the girls didn't want to hang out with me either,"  Pattie explains.  All of this changed though, when she joined her first band called "Community Project".  The band consisted of six guys and her.  Suddenly, she was cool, and it was not about the way she looked, it was about the way she sounded.  During her junior year of high school she had to get an ABC license to sing in clubs that served alcohol because she was underage.  She performed music from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young," Janice Joplin", etc. at the "House of Music" in West Orange.  "This was the time that totally changed my life," Pattie recalls.

Pattie's mother told her that she better have something to fall back on in cast the singing didn't work out.  So Pattie enrolled in beauty school and became a beautician in Manhattan.  And in 1974 on her 21st birthday, Pattie met a man named Brendan Harkin who sang in a band called "Looking Glass".  They developed a close, personal relationship and she continued performing with her own band, hairdressing and still managed to find time to do a few jingles for commercials.  Then, Brendan Harkins' band ("Brandy" was their hit) got a record deal with Capital Records.  They were managed by Bill Acoin.  He also managed the band "KISS".

They all began to socialize and become friends even as her relationship with Harkin came to an end.  Pattie became KISS' hairdresser and every KISS hairstyle between 1975-1978 were Pattie's creations.  (Gene Simmons would catch his hair on fire during the show and send a limo to pick up Pattie to fix it for him.)  Gene Simmons and Pattie remained friends and years later she cut his hair for his transition from rock star to movie star.  She met many people through her friendship with Gene Simmons including Cher, whom he (

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At this time, Pattie was in a band called the "Corps" and looking for a record deal when she heard that Ellie Greenwich wrote an autobiographical theater production and personally recommended Pattie for the play.  (Ellie Greenwich wrote such songs from the fifties as "Be My Baby", Do-wah-ditty", "Da-Do-Run-Run", "Leader of the Pack", etc.)  the name of the show was "Leader of the Pack" and Pattie auditioned and got a part as one of the chorus people and the under-study for Dinah Manoff, the lead.  It was a big success while it played at the Bottom Line theater.

From there Pattie went on to do another successful show called "Beehive", a musical revue of the 60's.  The show consisted of trhre white girls and three black girls re-creating the days of girl groups, teen-age advise, soul and British singers, complete with the beehive wigs.  It was a huge hit and ran for two years.

Pattie had became involved in so many other things now that she had to quit her band, there wasn't enough time for everything.  While doing the show she was also making jingles for commercials.  The fame and publicity didn't interest her as much as just being able to do what she loved and getting paid for it.  One night Mick Jagger came to the theater looking for her to go on tour with him and she even had to turn him down.  "It wouldn't have been worth my shile to give up everything I had going on at that time".

Things got very exciting very fast when in 1986, while making jingles, Pattie met Michael Bolton who also made jingles at that time.  He wrote a couple of songs on Cher's new album, "I Found Someone" and recommended Pattie to sing back-up for Cher on the David Letterman Show.  After that Cher looked for Pattie to go on "Saturday Night Live" with her and the notorious "Sonny and Cher" reunion on the David Letterman Show.

As way leads on to way, Pattie then appeared as back-up for Olivia-Newton-John, Todd Rundgren, Tom Jones, Belinda Carlisle and Bette Midler.  While at the same time, Pattie was hanging out with friends and partying, she felt her life spiraling out of control.  She prayed for some way to clean up her act.  Miraculously her prayers were answered when she found out that Cher wanted her to go on tour. It couldn't have been better timing .  "That tour saved my life!"  she says.

It was 1988 and not only were her prayers answered, she met the love of her life, Mr. Courtney Jones, from Whales.  He was a sound technician on the same tour.

Courtney came to the United States when he was 18 years old.  It was a dream that he and a friend shared.  When his friend died, Courtney decided to go alone.  He arrived in Los Angeles and got a job at a Kawasaki dealer.  While working there, a customer brought in a bike for service.   As they talked, Courtney discovered that the man was a sound tech for an English company.  He inquired if Courtney would be interested in a job and introduced him to the president of the company, who also turned out to be from South Whales.  "I think they hired me because I didn't know anything, but I was anxious to learn".  He went on his first tour with "The Tubes", and he was hooked.  He went on dozens of tours after that including Janet Jackson, Guns and Roses and eventually Cher. 

On the Cher tour he spotted a cute blonde sitting up on the edge of the stage and he watched her rehearse.  He discovered that not only was she cute, but, she was down to earth and she could sing!!  The were married in 1991 and they moved to California where they lived on the beach until their schedules let up.

After the tour was over they stayed in California long enough for Pattie to do a couple of movies.  Mark Shimon, the musical director for "Leader of the Pack" contacted her and asked her to do the chorus and the singing voice for one of the nun's new film "Sister Act".  And then Bette Midler called and asked her to do a part in  "For the Boys".  She appears in the first fifteen minutes of the movie singing "Billy-A-Dick" with Melissa Manchester and Bette Midler.

In 1992 Pattie and Courtney moved to New Jersey.  They came to visit Pattie's bro Gene and his wife Judi at Lake Hopatcong & loved the area. Judi was trying to find them a long term rental, but was having problems finding something due to their dogs. Judi and Gene were at a diner with Courtney & suggested they buy a house instead, and showed them the vacant lot, which already had been sold to a builder who was going to put up a modular home. It was perfect for them, at the end of a small road with town & state owned property next door that would never be built on. They decided to buy, and moved in with Judi and Gene for 3 months while their house was being built. They moved in on Christmas eve - I remember it was lightly snowing and Judi brought a bottle of wine, some bread & some salt, just like in "It's a wonderful life". And it was. 

They were excited and happy, but, Pattie soon realized the industry had changed while she was gone, and she no longer knew anyone on the east coast.  She had always been a spiritual person and believes that God puts everyone where he needs them so she prayed, "God just put me where you need me, I'll do the work".

The phone rang and her prayers were answered once again.  It was Leiber and Stoller.  They wrote a Broadway musical called "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and they asked her to come and take part.  The part lasted for five years. They broke a record for the longest running musical revue on Broadway and she also won a Grammy.

Five years is a long time!  They were ready for a change, so when Cher called and asked her and Courtney to come o tour with her they packed up and were off.  The "Believe" tour was an international tour so they weren't able to get back home very often but they were together and living out their dreams.

In 2002 they went on the road again with Cher for the "Farewell Tour".  "It was an incredible journey" says Patie.  She had no regrets about the decisions she made.  "It's all good" of all her accomplishments and experiences.  She was most proud of her marriage to Courtney Jones and the life they had together.

After the Farewell tour was over Pattie wanted to open her own hair salon.  She looked forward to teaching and inspiring others by sharing her experiences, energy and optimism.  She had the courage to take the road less traveled and it made all the difference.
Article in NJ Newspaper  
By TOM HOWELL JR.

thowell@njherald.com

HOPATCONG — Police are looking into the death of an Oakwood Road woman who was known for her enthusiasm and "five-star" voice as a backup singer for celebrities such as Cher and Bette Midler, her husband and friends said.

Patty Jones, 54, was found unresponsive on the floor of her home on Saturday night, according to her husband, Courtney Jones.

"I called police," he said "They came up and basically started to take care of securing the area."

Hopatcong Police guarded the home for about two days. They were there to "keep it sterile," Jones said. "As of now we still don't know the cause (of death)."

Jones said he was in another room Saturday night before he found his wife, who was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. He declined to go into further details, citing propriety and the ongoing investigation.

He has retained Dover attorney Vincent Nuzzi during the investigation and pending autopsy results. In a phone call, Nuzzi referred all questions to Hopatcong Detective Sgt. Bob Brennan on Tuesday, who did not return a call for comment. Sussex County Prosecutor's Office policy prohibits them from saying whether or not they are investigating.

Courtney Jones said his wife liked to sing at the Mason Street Pub in Hopatcong, which lifted the mood of the community.

"She just loved life," he said, rattling off a list of celebrities who used her backing vocals."

A spokeswoman for Bette Midler said Patty Jones sang with Midler "for many years" at shows and benefits in New York.

"Bette just learned of Patty's passing and is extremely shocked and saddened by this news," spokeswoman Jessica Berger said. "She spoke to Patty's husband and offered her sincere condolences to her family."

Steven Tarkanish, president of S.T.A.R.S. Productions in Newton, said he knew Patty Jones since about 1970, when they played in local rock bands around Clifton and Montclair. He, too, was shocked to hear of her death.

"She was a five-star person and a five-star singer," he said.

Tarkanish said Patty toured extensively with Cher.

"She was a big part of the act," he said. "She was her number one background singer."

Cher's publicists were reached for this story, but did not return comment by the end of business Tuesday.

Courtney Jones said he and his wife moved to Hopatcong in 1992.

The lakeside setting, Tarkanish noted, stood in contrast to her busy career of touring with the stars.

"When you're on the road and all the hustle and bustle catches up to you, you come back to something tranquil like a lake community," he said. "Sussex County is our mailbox. The road is our home."


Pattie's Obituary  
DARCY-JONES Patricia Darcy-Jones, 54, backup singer for Cher Mrs. Patricia Darcy-Jones died Saturday, June 16, at her home in Hopatcong. She was 54 years old. At this time, services are being held privately. The family plans to schedule a public memorial service at a later date. For further information and online condolences, please visit the internet address of Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home of Landing at www.leberlakeside.com. Born in Orange, Patricia resided in New York City and Los Angeles before moving to Hopatcong in 1992. She was a graduate of West Orange Mountain High School, Class of 1970. She was currently employed as a hair stylist at Pro Haircutters in Rockaway. Patricia was a backup singer for Cher for 18 years, and performed on Broadway in Smokey Joes Cafe for five years, which she left to join Cher on her farewell tour. Patricia also performed as a backup singer for Darlene Love and Bette Midler. She was the loving wife of Courtney; beloved daughter of Helen Darcy of West Orange and the late Eugene Darcy Sr.; dearest sister of Eugene Darcy Jr. and his wife, Judith, of Landing, Kenneth Darcy and his wife, Kelli, of Edison, and Kim Kirsch and her husband, David, of Edison; adoring niece of Grace Villas and Gloria Brooks and her husband, Patrick; cherished aunt and cousin of many. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ASPCA, 424 East 92nd St., New York, N.Y. 10128 or on the internet at www.aspca.org.
Published in the Star-Ledger on 6/20/2007.
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