Rickie Lee Jones
American musician and songwriter
Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones is an American vocalist, musician, songwriter, and producer. Over the course of a career of over three decades, 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.
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Rickie Lee Jones On World Cafe
NPR - about 1 year
Hear songs from The Other Side of Desire, Jones' first new album of original material since 2003.
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75 Facts About Dr. John for his 75th Birthday
Huffington Post - over 1 year
1) Young Malcolm John Rebennack modeled for the Ivory Soap Box. 2) His Aunt Andre taught him to play on the piano on his childhood home. 3) By 13, his New Orleans gigs included strip clubs, grocery stores and brothels. 4) His dad's appliance and record store sparked his early interest in music. 5) At the age of 16 he worked in A&R for Ace Records. 6) One of his first assignments was to spy on other executives. 7) Had a finger shot off protecting a bandmate whose mother told him she would "chop his cojones off if anything happened to her son." 8) So he switched from playing guitar to playing piano. 9) Released his first single "Storm Warning" under his own name in 1959. 10) Moved to California in 1963 after serving time in federal prison for drug possession. Has been clean & sober for over 25 years. 11) While in California recorded with legendary studio musicians The Wrecking Crew. 12) With unused studio time from Sonny & Cher released Dr. John album "Gris-G ...
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75 Facts About Dr. John for his 75th Birthday
Huffington Post - over 1 year
1) Young Malcolm John Rebennack modeled for the Ivory Soap Box. 2) His Aunt Andre taught him to play on the piano on his childhood home. 3) By 13, his New Orleans gigs included strip clubs, grocery stores and brothels. 4) His dad's appliance and record store sparked his early interest in music. 5) At the age of 16 he worked in A&R for Ace Records. 6) One of his first assignments was to spy on other executives. 7) Had a finger shot off protecting a bandmate whose mother told him she would "chop his cojones off if anything happened to her son." 8) So he switched from playing guitar to playing piano. 9) Released his first single "Storm Warning" under his own name in 1959. 10) Moved to California in 1963 after serving time in federal prison for drug possession. Has been clean & sober for over 25 years. 11) While in California recorded with legendary studio musicians The Wrecking Crew. 12) With unused studio time from Sonny & Cher released Dr. John album "Gris-Gr ...
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Lost Soul</em>: Reintroducing Bob Hillman, Chats with Peter Case, Maia Sharp and Ben Caplan, Plus Alphanaut, Sit Kitty Sit and Butchers Blind's Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 1 year
ALPHANAUT'S "UNNECESSARY SOLDIER" According to Mark Alan, aka Alphanaut... "The term 'Unnecessary Soldier' comes from Thomas Jefferson's vision for keeping military costs controlled in the US by reducing the number of soldiers employed in times of peace. This idea stuck in my head for years, especially in our current age where we've done the complete opposite of what he hoped for. "With this title I wanted to create an anti-war piece, but really struggled with an approach. I felt there are so may classic protest songs out there and I didn't want to duplicate a message that had already been delivered. Plus I had already written my own anti-war song 'More Than I Do' several years earlier. "In the end, I decided to write a lyric that was told from soldier to soldier, human to human, each with an agreement to throw down arms and ignore the machines of conflict that sent them each out to the field. When composing the piece I really wanted to have it reflect the sounds of t ...
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Light Me Up</em>: Chats With Bronze Radio Return's Chris Henderson, Steve Forbert, and Martin Turner, Plus a Slaughterhouse-Five/James Franco Exclusive
Huffington Post - over 1 year
JAMES FRANCO INTERPRETS SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five gets the James Franco treatment on Audible Studio's audiobook version of the classic. Vonnegut's breakthrough masterpiece brought him international praise and cult status, and Franco's read personalizes the adventures of Billy Pilgrim with a mix of innocence and eventual world-weariness. The below is an exclusive excerpt from the audiobook that gives a taste of the actor's performance... The performance can be downloaded at http://www.audiblie.com ******************************** A Conversation with Bronze Radio Return's Chris Henderson Mike Ragogna: Chris, Light Me Up, the album not the suggestive overtone, is your band's, what, 20th album? What's the secret to a Bronze Radio Return album these days? Chris Henderson: This is our fourth full-lengther. As for the secret, I don't believe there is one. We are a band of six guys that like writing and playing music. When it comes tim ...
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How A $39.99 Sundress Redefined Jewel's Life
Huffington Post - about 4 years
At 38, Jewel has plenty of life experience to draw from and even speaks in what sounds like verses to a poem she once wrote. Humbled by a moment when she heard her own song, "Hands," on the radio after America had been attacked on that chilling day in 2001, the once homeless four-time Grammy award nominee still remembers a time when she was just a teenager, convinced she "was going to end up in [her] car again." Jewel is not afraid to wear her stories on her sleeve, and perhaps it's that conscious honesty and authenticity that allows her to sing from a different place. Whatever power it may be, it was bestowed once more on an intimate group of fans at an exclusive iHeartRadio Live show Tuesday night to promote her new "Greatest Hits" album. One track on her album is a new rendition of her 1997 hit "Foolish Games," on which she collaborated with "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson. "I guess she had sung the song in several talent shows growing up," Jewel told The Huf ...
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Mike Ragogna: Friday Fourplay 2: Chatting with Harvey Mason & Nathan East
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Fourplay's Harvey Mason Mike Ragogna: It's Harvey Mason, not only drummer for Fourplay, but on many project that are in everyone's record collection. Welcome to solar-powered KRUU-FM, the midwest's only solar-powered station, Harvey. What do you say about all that, sir? Harvey Mason: Mike, I heard it, I'm happy to be here and I'm impressed. You're the only solar radio station in the Midwest, that's amazing. MR: Thank you very, very much. I don't understand. If we can do it, everybody else can to. HM: Oh, they'll get there. MR: Yeah, hopefully it's a growing thing. All right, we have to get right to Fourplay, Esprit De Four. I've spoken with two of your brothers so far, Bob James and Chuck Loeb. They were so enthusiastic about this combo. Let that be the first question. How excited are you about this latest project? HM: Well, I'm very fortunate to call myself one of the founding members. We go back now twenty-two years and I'm still as ...
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Tour increases 'credibility'
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
The Canadian Tour was looking forward to its new life as PGA Tour Canada when commissioner Rick Janes, yet to have his own future defined, honoured the past.
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Rickie Lee Jones: 'One Devil With One Guitar'
NPR - over 4 years
On her newest project, The Devil You Know, the singer-songwriter covers a set of cult classics. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Rickie Lee Jones On 'Song Travels'
NPR - over 4 years
Jones employs her dynamic voice to sing some of the standards that have inspired her along the way. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Globe North Best Bets
Boston Globe - almost 5 years
MUSIC Burlington : Enjoy an evening with pianist/composer/arranger Tim Ray and his trio including John Lockwood on acoustic and electric bass and Austin McMahon on drums. Perhaps best known as pianist for Lyle Lovett, Ray has performed with legendary artists including Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Rickie Lee Jones, Willie Nelson, Esperanza Spalding, and the Boston Pops. Friday, 7:30 ...
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The Broad Announces Its 5th Season Program
Santa Monica Patch - almost 5 years
Premieres from the vanguard of global jazz, theater and dance companies and a partnership with the Los Angeles Opera will see the Santa Monica College of Performing Arts Center through its fifth season, when it will erect a new $12.5-million music hall next to The Broad Stage. The season will begin Sept. 1 with Brazilian jazz singer Luciana Souza. Other season highlights will include the Fourth Annual Westside Jazz Experience featuring Pat Metheny, Rickie Lee Jones and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and the return of family programs, including a gravity-defying hit from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "People will come to know The Broad Stage as the place to see world-renowned artists departing from the expected, to discover emerging artists re-imagining their disciplines, and to experience classic works interpreted in new ways," said Artistic Director Dale Franzen in announcing the new season's line-up. From May to June 2013, The Broad Stage—the heart of the college's Per ...
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Troxel rolls to No. 1 spot, round win in Pro Mod - Radioactive Drag Racing News
Google News - over 5 years
ROUND ONE -- Rickie Jones, Chevy Camaro, 6.134, 238.76 def. Scott Ray, Chevy Corvette, 23.370, 173.91; Melanie Troxel, Corvette, 5.835, 253.71 def. Kenny Lang, Camaro, DQ; Leah Pruett, Ford Mustang, 5.845, 252.61 def
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rickie Lee Jones
  • 2015
    Age 60
    In 2015, Rickie Lee Jones founded her own label and released her 13th studio album, The Other Side Of Desire.
    More Details Hide Details It is her first album completely made of original self-penned material since 2003. In 2001, Jones was the organizer of the web community "Furniture for the People", which is involved in gardening, social activism, bootleg exchange and left-wing politics. She has produced records (including Leo Kottke's Peculiaroso), and provided a voiceover for Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, in which she played the Blue Fairy (known as the Good Fairy or Fairy Godmother in the film). Jones also enjoys gardening. Notes In 2007, the French painter Jacques Benoit produced a series of nine canvases inspired by "Traces of the Western Slopes" (Pirates LP).
  • 2012
    Age 57
    On September 18, 2012, Jones released The Devil You Know on Concorde Records.
    More Details Hide Details The Devil You Know includes a collection of covers produced by famed musician Ben Harper. Her single "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963" appeared in an emotional scene of the television series House MD. The episode was titled "Paternity".
  • 2010
    Age 55
    In May 2010 Jones performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the VIVID festival.
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  • 2007
    Age 52
    Writer Ann Powers included this on her list of Grammy-worthy CDs for 2007.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details It included "Circle in the Sand", recorded for the soundtrack to the film Friends With Money (2006), for which Jones also cut "Hillbilly Song". The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard debuted at No. 158 on the Billboard 200 and No. 12 on the Top Independent Albums tally.
  • 2005
    Age 50
    Also in 2005, Jones was invited to take part in her boyfriend and collaborator Lee Cantelon's music version of his book The Words, a book of the words of Christ, set into simple chapters and themes.
    More Details Hide Details Cantelon's idea was to have various artists recite the text over primal rock music, but Jones elected to try something that had never been done, to improvise her own impression of the texts, melody and lyric, in stream of consciousness sessions, rather than read Jesus' words. The sessions were recorded at an artist's loft on Exposition Boulevard in Culver City.
    Renewed interest in Jones led to the three-disc anthology Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology, released through reissue specialists Rhino in June 2005.
    More Details Hide Details A lavish package, the alphabetically arranged release featured album songs, live material, covers, and demos, and featured essays by Jones as well as various collaborators, as well as tributes from artists including Randy Newman, Walter Becker, Quincy Jones, and Tori Amos.
  • 2001
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After Ghostyhead, Jones largely retired from public view and admitted that she had battled writers' block. She spent much of her time at her home in Tacoma, Washington, tending her garden and bringing up her now-teenage daughter Charlotte. Released on the independent label V2 in October 2003, The Evening of My Best Day featured influences from jazz, Celtic folk, blues, R&B, rock, and gospel, and spawned a successful and lengthy spurt of touring. The album peaked at No. 189 on the Billboard 200. She invited punk bass icon Mike Watt (the Minutemen, Iggy Pop) to perform on "It Takes You There", while "Ugly Man" was a direct aim at the George Bush 'regime' evoking, with an anthem-like Hugh Masekela arrangement, what she termed "the Black Panther horns", and calling for "revolution, everywhere that you're not looking, revolution."
  • 2000
    Age 45
    Jones' second album of cover versions, It's Like This, was released on the independent record label Artemis Records in September 2000.
    More Details Hide Details The album included cover versions of material by artists including The Beatles, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, and the Gershwin brothers. The album made it onto three Billboard charts – No. 148 on the Billboard 200, No. 10 on Top Internet Albums, and No. 42 on Top Independent Albums. The album also secured Jones another Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
  • 1997
    Age 42
    Emphasizing her experimentation and change, Jones embraced electronic music for Ghostyhead, released on Reprise Records in June 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The album, a collaboration with Rick Boston (both are credited with production and with twenty-one instruments in common), found Jones employing beats, loops, and electronic rhythms, and also showcased Jones' connection with the trip hop movement of the mid-to-late 1990s. Despite critical acclaim, it did not meet with commercial success, peaking at No. 159 on the Billboard 200.
  • 1994
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album, which reached No. 121 on the Billboard 200, featured acoustic re-workings of Jones classics and album material, but no new songs.
  • 1992
    Age 37
    Jones sang a duet with Lyle Lovett on "North Dakota" for his 1992 album Joshua Judges Ruth.
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    In 1992 she toured extensively with Rob Wasserman, with whom she had collaborated in the mid-1980s.
    More Details Hide Details Her swan song for Geffen Records was Traffic From Paradise, released in September 1993. The album was slightly more successful than its predecessor, reaching No. 111 on the Billboard 200, and was notable for its collaboration with Leo Kottke, its musical diversity, and a cover of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel", which was originally planned to be the title track for the Oscar-winning film Boys Don't Cry. A number of television and movies had licensed her work in these years, including House M.D., Thirtysomething, Frankie and Johnny, When a Man Loves a Woman, Jerry Maguire, Friends with Money and the French film Subway.
  • 1991
    Age 36
    The album, released in September 1991, was a hit on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums, peaking at No. 8, but became her least commercially successful record yet, reaching No. 121 on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, The Orb issued "Little Fluffy Clouds", featuring a sampled Jones interview. However, Jones' record company objected to the unauthorized use of her voice and pursued the issue in the legal system.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album made the US Top 40, reaching No. 39 on the Billboard 200, with the college radio hit "Satellites" making it to No. 23 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Jones ended the decade on a high note with her duet with Dr. John, a cover of "Makin' Whoopee", winning her second Grammy Award, this time in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Collaboration. Following a tour with Lyle Lovett, Jones enlisted David Was to helm her idiosyncratic album of covers, Pop Pop, ranging from jazz and blues standards to Tin Pan Alley to Jimi Hendrix's Up from the Skies.
  • 1989
    Age 34
    With songs dating from the mid-1980s, Jones teamed up with Steely Dan's Walter Becker to craft Flying Cowboys, which was released on the Geffen Records label in September 1989.
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  • 1988
    Age 33
    In September 1988, work began on her fourth solo album following another Grammy nomination for her Wasserman collaboration "Autumn Leaves".
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  • 1987
    Age 32
    Jones returned to the United States in 1987 after a tour of Israel and Norway, and the imminent birth of her daughter brought her home to California.
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  • 1986
    Age 31
    For her next project, Jones opted to finish half-written songs dating back as far as 1986 ("Wild Girl") as well as include new ones (the 2008-penned "The Gospel of Carlos, Norman and Smith", "Bonfires").
    More Details Hide Details Working closely with long-time collaborator David Kalish, with whom Jones first worked on 1981's Pirates, Jones released Balm in Gilead on the Fantasy label in November 2009. The album also included a new recording of "The Moon Is Made of Gold", a song written by her father Richard Loris Jones in 1954. Ben Harper, Victoria Williams, Jon Brion, Alison Krauss and the late Vic Chesnutt all made contributions to the album.
  • 1985
    Age 30
    She began to pursue jazz standards, recording "The Moon Is Made of Gold", which was written by her father, and "Autumn Leaves" for Rob Wasserman's album Duets in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Jones took a four-year break from her recording schedule, largely attributed to the deaths of her mentor Bob Regher and her father, Richard Loris Jones, that same year.
  • 1984
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Magazine found Jones combining the melodic, jazz-inspired sound of her debut with the complex structures of Pirates, with a more synth-driven sound, owed to working closely with composer James Newton Howard on the album. Alongside the more commercially appealing material, Jones included a three-song suite, subtitled "Rorschachs", exploring multi-tracked vocals and synth patterns. Only the upbeat "The Real End" made it into the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, peaking at #82.
  • 1983
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Jones then relocated to Paris. The remainder of the 1980s found Jones falling out of favor commercially and pursuing a more complex and experimental sound.
  • 1982
    Age 27
    Another lengthy and successful tour into 1982 followed, before Jones moved back to California, settling in San Francisco.
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  • 1981
    Age 26
    Rolling Stone remained a fervent supporter of Jones, with a second cover feature in 1981; the magazine also included a glowing five-star assessment of Pirates, which became a commercially successful follow-up by reaching No. 5 on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details A single, "A Lucky Guy", became the only Billboard Hot 100 hit from the album, peaking at No. 64, but "Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)" and "Woody and Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking" became minor Top 40 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. More importantly, historically, is the fact that in America "Woody and Dutch " became a kind of commercial mainstay. The finger snaps and jive talk beat were imitated in advertisements for McDonald's, Dr. Pepper, and others.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The songs were written between September 1979 and June 1981 – when the last lyrics to "Traces of the Western Slope" and the last bass on "A Lucky Guy" were put down. The recording sessions finally yielded Pirates in July 1981.
  • 1979
    Age 24
    Touring after the album's release, she played Carnegie Hall on July 22, 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Members of her group included native New York guitarist Buzz Feiten, who was featured on the album and would appear in her recorded works for over a decade. Following a successful world tour, Jones appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The announcement of Lowell George's death appeared in the same Rolling Stone cover featuring Rickie Lee Jones crouching in a black bra and white beret – an issue that would become the largest selling issue in the magazine's history up to that time. Jones secured four nominations at the 22nd Annual Grammy Awards; Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "Chuck E.'s in Love", Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for "Last Chance Texaco", as well as Best New Artist, which she won. Before the ceremony, Jones told her mentor Bob Regher that she would not attend. Changing her mind at the last minute, the two raced to the event just in time for her to walk up and collect her 'Best New Artist' trophy, in her leather jacket and boa, signature beret and gloves. In her acceptance speech, she thanked her lawyers and her accountant, which earned laughter and applause from the audience.
    Her appearance – as an unknown (one month after her debut record had been released) – on Saturday Night Live on April 7, 1979, sparked an overnight sensation.
    More Details Hide Details She performed "Chuck E.'s in Love" and "Coolsville". Jones was covered by Time magazine on her very first professional show, in Boston, and they dubbed her "The Duchess of Coolsville".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album, which included guest appearances by Dr. John, Randy Newman, and Michael McDonald, went to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and produced another Top 40 hit with "Young Blood" (No. 40) in late 1979.
  • 1978
    Age 23
    A four-song demo of material was circulated around the L.A. music scene in 1978, with Emmylou Harris later recalling that she had heard an early version of "The Last Chance Texaco" on the demo tape.
    More Details Hide Details The recordings came to the attention of Lenny Waronker, producer and executive at Warner Bros. Records, and Tommy LiPuma. Jones was courted by the major labels, and after a bidding war, Jones chose Waronker because of his work with Randy Newman, and because, she said, she had a vision of standing in his office the moment she saw his name on the back of Newman's Sail Away album. Waronker signed Jones to Warner Brothers Records for a five-record deal. Work commenced on her debut album, co-produced by Waronker and Russ Titelman. In 1977, Jones met Tom Waits at The Troubadour after an Ivan Ulz show in which she had sung a few of her songs and one of her father's called "The Moon is Made of Gold". The two were lovers at the outset of her career, creating a lifelong association with one another. After Waits and Jones broke up, Jones became involved with her friend Sal Bernardi, who inspired the song "Weasel and the White Boys Cool". He remained a personal and musical partner for decades.
    George recorded her song for his first solo record, Thanks, I'll Eat it Here in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details It became the only single for George's final record before his death. Jones also met Tom Waits and Chuck E. Weiss, who figure prominently in her early career.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ulz introduced Lowell George to Jones' composition "Easy Money" by singing it to him over the telephone.
  • 1977
    Age 22
    By 1977, Jones was performing original material at the Ala Carte Club in Hollywood with Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details She was noticed there by rock journalist and attorney Stann Findelle, who wrote about her in Performance Magazine and advised her in her career for a short time. Nick Mathe, a neighbor, took an interest in Jones' music and helped her get publicity photos with Bonnie Shiftman who was then at A&M, and in their off hours the three of them shot Jones's first photos. Jones played music in showcases, worked with cover bands in clubs, and sat in with Venice jazz bands.
  • 1959
    Age 4
    The family moved to Arizona in 1959, and the landscape provided imagery ("Last Chance Texaco", "Flying Cowboys") for her early music.
    More Details Hide Details She grew up riding horses, studying dance, and practicing swimming with her AAU coach before and after school. When she was 10 years old the family moved to Olympia, Washington, where her father abandoned them. Jones dropped out of school in the 11th grade, took the GED test and enrolled in college in Tacoma. She moved to Huntington Beach, California, on her 18th birthday, and then to Venice, California, where she met boyfriend Mark Vaughan, who supported her during her formative years. She worked at odd jobs and enrolled in Santa Monica College, studying anthropology and music. At the age of 21, Jones began to play in clubs in Venice. She met Alfred Johnson, a piano player and songwriter. Together they wrote "Weasel and the White Boys Cool", which would later appear on Jones' debut album.
  • 1954
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her paternal grandfather, Frank "Peg Leg" Jones, and her grandmother, Myrtle Lee, a dancer, were vaudevillians based in Chicago. A singer, dancer and comedian, Peg Leg Jones' routine consisted of playing the ukulele, singing ballads, and telling stories. Jones' father, one of four children, was a WWII veteran. A singer, songwriter, painter, and trumpet player, her father worked as a waiter. Her mother, Bettye, was raised in orphanages in Ohio with her three brothers until she was old enough to leave. Bettye and Richard met in a drugstore coffee shop.
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