Rickie Lee Jones

Musician and Songwriter
Born Nov 8, 1954

Rickie Lee Jones is an American vocalist, musician, songwriter, and producer. Over the course of a three-decade career, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including rock, R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards. Her songwriting has been characterized as "a blend of bravado and vulnerability [that that] wavers on indefinable borders. " She is also known for her unique singing style, especially in live performances.… Read More

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1954 Birth Rickie Lee Jones was born the third of four children to Bettye and Richard Jones, on the north side of Chicago, Illinois on November 8, 1954. … Read More
1959 4 Years Old The family moved to Arizona in 1959, and the landscape provided imagery ("Last Chance Texaco", "Flying Cowboys") for her early music. … Read More


1977 22 Years Old By 1977, Jones was performing original material at the Ala Carte Club in Hollywood with Johnson. … Read More
In early 1978, through the efforts of her friend Ivan Ulz, she came to the attention of Dr. John and Little Feat's Lowell George. … Read More
Rickie Lee Jones was released in March 1979 and became a hit, buoyed by the success of the jazz-flavored single "Chuck E.'s In Love", which hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and featured an accompanying music video. … Read More
1981 26 Years Old 1 More Event
After moving to New York City, Jones spent the majority of 1981 working on a follow-up album, written and recorded partly in reaction to the break-up of her relationship with Tom Waits sometime between late 1979 and early 1980. … Read More
1982 27 Years Old Another lengthy and successful tour into 1982 followed, before Jones moved back to California, settling in San Francisco.
1983 28 Years Old A partial tour memento, the EP Girl at Her Volcano, was issued originally as a 10" record in 1983, featuring a mix of live and studio cover versions of jazz and pop standards, as well as one Jones original, "Hey, Bub", which was recorded for Pirates. … Read More
1984 29 Years Old Jones settled in France and recorded new material, some of which was released on her third full-length solo album, The Magazine, in September 1984. … Read More


1985 - 1989 5 More Events
1991 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Jones also included some writing collaborations with her husband Pascal Nabet Meyer. "The Horses", co-written with Becker, was featured in the movie Jerry Maguire and became an Australian No. 1 hit single for Daryl Braithwaite in 1991. … Read More
1992 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1992 she toured extensively with Rob Wasserman, with whom she had collaborated in the mid-1980s. … Read More
1994 39 Years Old Jones' first solo shows in 1994 paved the way for her "unplugged" acoustic album Naked Songs, released in September 1995 through a one-off deal with Reprise Records. … Read More


1997 42 Years Old Emphasizing her experimentation and change, Jones embraced electronic music for Ghostyhead, released on Reprise Records in June 1997. … Read More
2000 45 Years Old Jones' second album of cover versions, It's Like This, was released on the independent record label Artemis Records in September 2000. … Read More
2001 46 Years Old After starting up her official website, Artemis issued an archival Jones release, Live at Red Rocks, in November 2001, featuring material recorded during the Flying Cowboys era tour of 1989–1990, including a Lyle Lovett duet. … Read More


2005 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Renewed interest in Jones led to the three-disc anthology Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology, released through reissue specialists Rhino in June 2005. … Read More
2007 52 Years Old 1 More Event
When Cantelon could no longer finish the project, Jones picked it up as her own record and hired Rob Schnaf to finish the production at Sunset Sound in 2007, and the result was The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard, released on the independent New West Records in February 2007. … Read More
2010 55 Years Old In May 2010 Jones performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the VIVID festival.
2012 57 Years Old On September 18, 2012, Jones released The Devil You Know on Concorde Records. … Read More


2015 60 Years Old In 2015, Rickie Lee Jones founded her own label and released her 13th studio album, The Other Side Of Desire. … Read More
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