Musical palate cleanser, now she belongs to the ages edition

I’m sorry about her passing, of course, but when life hands you a lede, you gotta take it.

Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died.

DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” provided a joyous intro to “The Jeffersons” during the show’s 10-season run.

Ja’Net DuBois has gone on to that deluxe apartment in the sky.

Rest in peace.  If you’re of my generation, that song has been burned into your brain for a long time.


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4 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, now she belongs to the ages edition

  1. Mick Jagger

    Sorry to hear. Yes, the song is most definitely catchy in a “Gilligan’s Island” way.

    The lyrics to Good Times always baffled me as the singer describes bad times (temporary layoffs, easy credit rip-offs) then says “Ain’t we lucky we’ve got ’em, good times”…..

    The Chic “Good Times” is more positive …. roller skate, roller skate …….


  2. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    I have a wonderful memory of her as a host on a Cotton Bowl parade broadcast when Texas was playing in the game. The Longhorn band passes her location and breaks into playing “Their Song”. She decides to sing along, “I’ve been workin’ on the railroad. . . . ” No less than they deserved.


  3. Muttley

    She was a really funny woman…and also had a funny bit in “I’m Gonna Git You, Sucka”, if I remember right.

    And of course her TV daughter was Janet Jackson.


  4. Ed Kilgore

    Loved the song, too (it was actually running on the hifi in my head just the other day, for no apparent reason), but never did quite understand the food references (“Fish don’t fry in the kitchen, beans don’t burn on the grill”). Did the Jeffersons stop consuming fried fish? And why cook beans on a grill if you have an oven?

    So many questions….