Rickie Lee Jones

Last updated

Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones at 3 Rivers.jpg
Rickie Lee Jones performing in 2007
Background information
Born (1954-11-08) November 8, 1954 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Rock, R&B, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Years active1979-present
Labels Warner Bros., Geffen, Reprise, Artemis, V2, New West, Fantasy, OSOD/Thirty Tigers
Website rickieleejones.com

Rickie Lee Jones (born November 8, 1954) is an American vocalist, musician, songwriter, producer, actress and narrator. Over the course of a career that spans five decades, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including rock, R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily from the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Rhythm and blues, commonly abbreviated as R&B, is a genre of popular music that originated in African American communities in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular. In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, the bands usually consisted of piano, one or two guitars, bass, drums, one or more saxophones, and sometimes background vocalists. R&B lyrical themes often encapsulate the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy, as well as triumphs and failures in terms of relationships, economics, and aspirations.

Blues is a music genre and musical form which was originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1870s by African-Americans from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, and spirituals. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes, usually thirds, fifths or sevenths flattened in pitch are also an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove.

Contents

Jones is a two-time Grammy Award winner. [1] Additionally, she was listed at number 30 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll in 1999. [2] Her album Pirates was number 49 on NPR's list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women. [3]

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

VH1 American cable television network

VH1 is an American pay television network based in New York City owned by Viacom. It was originally created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and the original owner of MTV, and launched on January 1, 1985, in the former space of Turner Broadcasting System's short-lived Cable Music Channel.

The Greatest is a television series broadcast on VH1. Each episode counts down either songs, albums, music videos, moments, musicians, or celebrities of a particular category.

Early life

Jones was born the third of four children to Richard and Bettye Jones, on the north side of Chicago, Illinois, on November 8, 1954. [4]

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.

Ohio U.S. state in the United States

Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Of the fifty states, it is the 34th largest by area, the seventh most populous, and the tenth most densely populated. The state's capital and largest city is Columbus. Ohio is bordered by Pennsylvania to the east, Michigan to the northwest, Lake Erie to the north, Indiana to the west, Kentucky on the south, and West Virginia on the southeast.

The family moved to Arizona in 1959, and the landscape provided imagery ("Last Chance Texaco", "Flying Cowboys") for her early music. 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. At 14 and 15, she ran away to her father's in Kansas City, MO. [5] Over the years she has returned frequently to the Puget Sound area to reside and perform. [6]

Arizona U.S. state in the United States

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

Amateur Athletic Union US nonprofit athletic organization

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is an amateur sports organization based in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. It has more than 700,000 members nationwide, including more than 100,000 volunteers.

Olympia, Washington State capital and city in Washington, United States

Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. European settlers claimed the area in 1846, with the Treaty of Medicine Creek initiated in 1854, and the Treaty of Olympia initiated in January 1856.

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.[ citation needed ]

General Educational Development

The General Educational Development (GED) tests are a group of four subject tests which, when passed, provide certification that the test taker has United States or Canadian high school-level academic skills. It is an alternative to the US High school diploma, HiSET and TASC test. The GED Testing website currently does not refer to the test as anything but "GED".

Tacoma, Washington City in Washington, United States

Tacoma is a midsized urban port city and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington's Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 198,397, according to the 2010 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third-largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population around 1 million.

Huntington Beach, California City in California, United States

Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California, located 35 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The city is named after American businessman Henry E. Huntington. The population was 189,992 during the 2010 census, making it the most populous beach city in Orange County and the seventh most populous city in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its estimated 2014 population was 200,809. It is bordered by Bolsa Chica Basin State Marine Conservation Area on the west, the Pacific Ocean on the southwest, by Seal Beach on the northwest, by Westminster on the north, by Fountain Valley on the northeast, by Costa Mesa on the east, and by Newport Beach on the southeast.

Career start: 1975–1979

At 19, Jones played in bars and coffee houses in LA. At the age of 21, Jones began to play in clubs in Venice. Jones played music in showcases, worked with cover bands in clubs, and sat in with Venice jazz bands. 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.

She met Alfred Johnson, a piano player and songwriter. Together they wrote "Weasel and the White Boys Cool", and "Company" which would later appear on Jones' debut album. [7] By 1977, Jones was performing original material at the Ala Carte Club in Hollywood with Johnson.

In 1977, Jones met Tom Waits at The Troubadour [8] after her friend Ivan Ulz’ show in which she had sung her father's song "The Moon is Made of Gold", and a few of her own songs. Jones and Waits were lovers at the outset of her career, creating a lifelong association with one another. Jones also met Chuck E. Weiss, who would figure prominently in her early career.

In early 1978, through the efforts of Ulz, she came to the attention of Dr. John and Little Feat's Lowell George. Ulz introduced Lowell George to Jones' composition "Easy Money" by singing it to him over the telephone. George recorded her song for his first solo record, Thanks, I'll Eat It Here in 1978. [9] It became the only single from George's final record before his death.

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. 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 Bros. for a five-record deal. Work commenced on her debut album, co-produced by Waronker and Russ Titelman.

Early years: 1979–82

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. 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. 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. She performed "Chuck E.'s in Love" and "Coolsville". [10] Jones was covered by Time magazine on her very first professional show, in Boston, and they dubbed her "The Duchess of Coolsville". Touring after the album's release, she played Carnegie Hall on July 22, 1979. 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. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the cover image showed Jones posing in a crouched stance, wearing a black bra and a white beret. [11] The announcement of Lowell George's death appeared in the same issue, the largest selling issue in the magazine's history up to that time.[ citation needed ]

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"; and Best New Artist, which she won. Before the 1980 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. [12]

In 1980, Francis Ford Coppola asked Jones to collaborate with Waits on his upcoming film One from the Heart , but she balked, citing the recent breakup (that had occurred in late 1979 [8] ). Coppola responded that it would be perfect for the film, since the two main characters in the film are separated, and he asked her to reconsider. Jones still refused the job, a decision she later admitted to regretting. [13] It was then that Waits met his future wife, and Jones began work on her follow-up album, Pirates , written and recorded partly in reaction to the break-up of her relationship with Waits. [8]

After Waits and Jones broke up, Jones became involved with her friend Sal Bernardi, who had inspired the song "Weasel and the White Boys Cool". He remained a personal and musical partner for decades. After moving to New York City, Jones spent the majority of 1981 working on Pirates. 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. The songs included "We Belong Together" and "A Lucky Guy", both inspired by Waits. Donald Fagen, Randy Newman, the Brecker Brothers, and Steve Gadd were a few of the musicians who performed on the album. [14]

Rolling Stone remained a fervent supporter of Jones, with a second cover feature in 1981; [15] the magazine also included a glowing five-star review of Pirates, which became a commercially successful follow-up, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The 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. 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.

Another lengthy and successful tour into 1982 followed, before Jones moved back to California, settling in San Francisco. 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. Jones then relocated to Paris.

Period of transition: 1983–89

In 1983 Jones lived in Paris for four months, writing new material for her third full-length solo album, The Magazine , released in September 1984. The Magazine was produced by Jones and James Newton Howard and included a three-song suite, subtitled "Rorschachs," which featured multi-tracked vocals and synth patterns.[ citation needed ] One song, "The Real End" made it into the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, peaking at No. 82.

She began to pursue jazz standards, recording "The Moon Is Made of Gold", which was written by her father. Jones collaborated with Rob Wasserman on "Autumn Leaves" for his album Duets in 1985. Her work with Wasserman earned her another Grammy nomination. 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. [16]

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 Ojai, California. In September 1988 work began on her fourth solo album, Flying Cowboys . Jones teamed up with Steely Dan's Walter Becker to craft the album, which was released on the Geffen Records label in September 1989. Jones included songs dating from the mid-1980s, as well as some writing collaborations with her husband Pascal Nabet Meyer and Sal Bernardi. "The Horses," co-written with Becker, was featured in the movie Jerry Maguire and became an Australian No. 1 hit single for Daryl Braithwaite when he covered it in 1991. 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.

Experimentation and change: 1990–2001

Jones in concert Rickie-Lee-Jones.jpg
Jones in concert

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". 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.

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 court system. In 1992 she toured extensively with Rob Wasserman, with whom she had collaborated in the mid-1980s.

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 . [17] Jones sang a duet with Lyle Lovett on "North Dakota" for his 1992 album Joshua Judges Ruth .

Jones' first solo shows in 1994 paved the way for her acoustic album Naked Songs , released in September 1995 through a one-off deal with Reprise Records. The album, which reached No. 121 on the Billboard 200, featured acoustic re-workings of Jones classics and album material, but no new songs.

Emphasizing her experimentation and change, Jones embraced electronic music for Ghostyhead , released on Reprise Records in June 1997. 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.

Jones' second album of cover versions, It's Like This , was released on the independent record label Artemis Records in September 2000. 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.

In November 2001 Artemis issued a release of archival material titled Live at Red Rocks, which features material recorded during the Flying Cowboys era tour of 1989–1990, including a duet with Lyle Lovett.

Artistic renaissance: 2002 and beyond

Rickie Lee Jones performing on the Legacy Stage on June 15, 2007. Rickie Lee Jones on Legacy Stage.jpg
Rickie Lee Jones performing on the Legacy Stage on June 15, 2007.

After Ghostyhead, Jones largely retired from public view and admitted that she had battled writer's block. [18] She spent much of her time at her home in Tacoma, Washington, tending her garden and bringing up her now-teenage daughter Charlotte. [19]

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." [20]

Renewed interest in Jones led to the three-disc anthology Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology , released through reissue specialists Rhino in June 2005. [21] 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.

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. 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. 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. 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. Writer Ann Powers included this on her list of Grammy-worthy CDs for 2007.

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"). 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.

In May 2010 Jones performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Live festival. [22]

On September 18, 2012, Jones released The Devil You Know on Fantasy/Concord Records. [23] The Devil You Know includes a collection of covers produced by Ben Harper, including a solo version of "Sympathy for the Devil".

In 2015, Jones released her album The Other Side of Desire , and the single "Jimmy Choos" which references the shoe brand. [24] A documentary film, Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire, on the making of the album, was also released. [25]

In 2018, Jones' autobiography Rickie Lee was released. [26]

In 2019, Jones released a single of the Paul Rodgers/Simon Kirke song, "Bad Company", followed by her album Kicks which included "Bad Company" and cover versions of many other songs.

She is scheduled to play the Glastonbury Festival in June 2019.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Rickie Lee Jones among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. [27]

Other work

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.

Jones served as the narrator of Cam Archer's 2010 film Shit Year . [28]

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsChart positions [29] [30] [31]

[32]

Certifications [33] [34]
(sales thresholds)
Australia US US
Jazz
US
Folk
UK
1979 Rickie Lee Jones 1318
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Silver
1981 Pirates
  • Released: July 15, 1981
  • Label: Warner Bros.
9537
  • UK: Silver
  • US: Gold
1983 Girl at Her Volcano (EP)
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Warner Bros.
39393651
1984 The Magazine
  • Released: September 12, 1984
  • Label: Warner Bros.
33442040
1989 Flying Cowboys
  • Released: September 26, 1989
  • Label: Geffen
683950
1991 Pop Pop
  • Released: September 24, 1991
  • Label: Geffen
1001218 [A]
1993 Traffic from Paradise
  • Released: September 14, 1993
  • Label: Geffen
111
1995 Naked Songs: Live and Acoustic
  • Released: September 19, 1995
  • Label: Reprise
121
1997 Ghostyhead
  • Released: June 17, 1997
  • Label: Reprise
159
2000 It's Like This
  • Released: September 12, 2000
  • Label: Artemis
148185
2001 Live at Red Rocks
  • Released: December 4, 2001
  • Label: Artemis
2003 The Evening of My Best Day
  • Released: October 7, 2003
  • Label: V2
189
  • US Sales: 12,000 [35]
2007 The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard
  • Released: February 6, 2007
  • Label: New West
158
2009 Balm in Gilead
  • Released: November 3, 2009
  • Label: Fantasy
7
2012 The Devil You Know
  • Released: September 18, 2012
  • Label: Fantasy
190
2015 The Other Side of Desire
  • Release date: June 23, 2015 [36]
  • Label: The Other Side of Desire Records
164
2019Kicks
  • Release date: 7 June 2019
  • Label: The Other Side of Desire Records
-
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Notes

Compilation albums

YearAlbum details
2005 Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology
  • Released: June 28, 2005
  • Label: WSM / Rhino
2010Original Album Series
  • Released: March 1, 2010
  • Label: Warner Bros. / Rhino UK

Singles

YearTitleChart positionsAlbum
US US
Alt
US
Main
UK [37]
1979"Chuck E.'s In Love"418Rickie Lee Jones
"Young Blood"40
1981"A Lucky Guy"64Pirates
"Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)"40
"Woody and Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking"31
1984"The Real End"83The Magazine
1989"Satellites"23Flying Cowboys
2003"Second Chance"The Evening Of My Best Day
2009"Old Enough"Balm in Gilead
2015"Jimmy Choos"The Other Side of Desire
2019"Bad Company"Kicks

Other contributions

Influence

Stephen Holden [38] and Stephen Green [39] would hardly be the only ones to notice the similarity of the stylings of Jones and Sheryl Crow, among others.

In 2007, the French painter Jacques Benoit produced a series of nine canvases inspired by "Traces of the Western Slopes" (Pirates LP). [40]

Musician Steve Adey covered The Unsigned Painting on his 2017 LP "Do Me a Kindness".

Related Research Articles

Earth, Wind & Fire American band

Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro pop. They have been described as one of the most innovative and commercially successful acts of all time. Rolling Stone called them "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop". VH1 has also described EWF as "one of the greatest bands" ever.

Norah Jones American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She has won multiple awards and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000s decade. She has won nine Grammy Awards and was ranked 60th on Billboard magazine's artists of the 2000s decade chart.

Diana Krall Canadian recording artist; jazz singer and pianist

Diana Jean Krall is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million albums worldwide. On December 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz Artist of the Decade (2000–09), establishing her as one of the best-selling artists of her time.

Donald Fagen American recording artist, musician, best known as co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Steely Dan.

Donald Jay Fagen is an American musician best known as the co-founder, lead singer, co-songwriter, and keyboardist of the band Steely Dan, formed in the early ‘70s. He has also released four albums as a solo artist, and in 2001 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 2017 death of Steely Dan’s co-founder Walter Becker leaves Fagen as Steely Dan’s sole member.

That Dog

That Dog is a Los Angeles-based rock band that formed in 1991 and dissolved in 1997, reuniting in 2011. The band originally consisted of Anna Waronker on lead vocals and guitar, Rachel Haden on bass guitar and vocals, her sister Petra Haden on violin and vocals, and Tony Maxwell on drums.

Paula Cole American musician

Paula Cole is an American singer-songwriter. Her single "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997, and the following year she won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Her song "I Don't Want to Wait" was used as the theme song of the television show Dawson's Creek.

India Arie American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and flautist

India Arie Simpson, also known as India.Arie, is an American singer and songwriter. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations, including Best R&B Album.

Eulaulah Donyll "Lalah" Hathaway is an American singer. She is the daughter of soul singer Donny Hathaway and an alumna of Berklee College of Music. In 1990, Lalah Hathaway released her self-titled album. The album's first single was "Heaven Knows", produced by Derek Bramble. The follow-up single was "Baby Don't Cry", was produced by Angela Winbush.

Maurice White American musician, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire

MauriceWhite was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and arranger. He was the founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. White served as the band's main songwriter, record producer and co-lead singer with Philip Bailey.

Lenny Waronker is an American producer and music industry executive. As the president of Warner Bros. Records, and later, as the co-Chair of DreamWorks Records, Waronker was noted for his commitment to artists and his belief that "music, not money, was still number one."

Lionel Cole is a pianist, songwriter, composer, music editor, music supervisor and public speaker. He has served as a regularly touring member of Mariah Carey's live band. Cole also partnered with Malcolm-Jamal Warner, to create the jazz and funk band Miles Long. The first album, The Many Facets of Superman, featured En Vogue's Cindy Heron and soul icon Teena Marie.

<i>Rickie Lee Jones</i> (album) 1979 studio album by Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones is the debut album of singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. After arriving in California in the mid-1970s, Jones started taking songwriting more seriously, and by 1977 had met singer-songwriters Chuck E. Weiss and Tom Waits.

Alicia Michelle "Miki" Howard is an American singer and actress who had a string of Top 10 hit songs in the mid–1980s and early–1990s, including "Baby, Be Mine"(1987), "Come Share My Love" (1986) and "Love Under New Management" (1990). "Ain't Nobody Like You" (1992) and "Ain't Nuthin' in the World" (1989) both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B Singles chart.

<i>Pirates</i> (album) 1981 studio album by Rickie Lee Jones

Pirates is the second album by Chicago-born singer, songwriter, and musician Rickie Lee Jones, released in July 1981, two years after her eponymous debut Rickie Lee Jones. The album is partially an account of her break-up with fellow musician Tom Waits after the success of her debut album. The cover is a 1976-copyrighted photo by Brassaï.

<i>Naked Songs – Live and Acoustic</i> 1995 live album by Rickie Lee Jones

Naked Songs – Live and Acoustic is an album by American singer–songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, released in October 1995 via Reprise Records. It reached No. 121 on The Billboard 200.

Ledisi American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter and actress.

Ledisi Anibade Young, better known simply as Ledisi, is an American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter and actress. Her first name means "to bring forth" or "to come here" in Yoruba. In 1995, Ledisi formed the group Anibade. After unsuccessfully trying to get the group signed to a major label, she formed LeSun Records with Sundra Manning. Anibade and Ledisi released an album entitled "Soulsinger" featuring the song Take Time, which gained substantial airplay from San Francisco area radio stations. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee, Ledisi has released eight studio albums between 2000 and 2017.

Chasing Pirates 2009 single by Norah Jones

"Chasing Pirates" is the first single by American singer Norah Jones from her fourth album, The Fall. It was released exclusively to iTunes on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. The song also had its North American radio station premiere on the defunct 97.3 EZ Rock, now CHBM, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on October 9, 2009. The song went top ten in Japan, The Netherlands and Belgium. In the U.S.A., "Chasing Pirates" peaked at No. 13 on Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and No. 7 on Jazz Songs.

Randy Waldman American musician

Randy Waldman is an American pianist, arranger, composer, and conductor. In 2019, Waldman's arrangement of the "Spiderman Theme" on his Superheroes album garnered the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals at the 61st Grammy Awards. Waldman also co-arranged Barbra Streisand's "Somewhere", which was awarded with an arrangement Grammy in 1985. He has served as Streisand's pianist and conductor for over 35 years and has worked with numerous artists including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder. He is also a helicopter and airplane pilot and instructor and holds a 2003 flight speed record in a Bell OH-58 helicopter.

<i>Girl at Her Volcano</i> 1983 EP by Rickie Lee Jones

Girl at Her Volcano is a 10" vinyl EP and the third release by musician Rickie Lee Jones.

Chuck E.s In Love 1979 song performed by Rickie Lee Jones

"Chuck E.’s In Love" is a song by American singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. Released in 1979 on her eponymous debut album, Rickie Lee Jones from Warner Bros. Records, the song became her biggest hit, reaching number 4 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 list.

References

  1. "Rickie Lee Jones | Artist". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  2. "VH1:'100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll'". Rockonthenet.com. 1999. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  3. "150 Greatest Albums Made by Women". NPR. 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  4. "Rickie Lee Jones - Biography". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  5. "Read Rickie Lee Jones' Poignant Tribute to Steely Dan's Walter Becker". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  6. The mystery and mastery of Rickie Lee Jones, Seattle Times , Charles R. Cross, February 18, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  7. "Rickie Lee Jones" . Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  8. 1 2 3 "The Tom and Rickie show: Why the relationship of rock's superstar couple was doomed". The Independent. March 8, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  9. AllMusic review. "Thanks, I'll Eat It Here" . Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  10. Saturday Night Live. "Richard Benjamin/Rickie Lee Jones". IMDb . Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  11. Rolling Stone Magazine, issue 297, August 9, 1979. Cover. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. Timothy White. Pages 40–45.
  12. "22nd 1979 Grammy Awards Best New Artist". YouTube . Retrieved July 7, 2015.Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. "Jones Regrets Snubbing Coppola Offer". contactmusic.com. May 30, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  14. "Pirates" . Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  15. Rolling Stone Magazine, issue 349, August 6. 1981. Cover. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. Timothy White. Pages 36–39, 41.
  16. Als, Hilton. "Biography". Rickieleejones.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  17. "Rickie Lee Jones". IMDb . Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  18. Als, Hilton. "Biography". RickieLeeJones.com. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  19. Als, Hilton (April 10, 2000). "The Musical Life Rickie Lee Jones and Four Guys in a Studio". The New Yorker . p. 33. Archived from the original on 2000. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  20. Jones, Rickie Lee (November 19, 2006). "Rickie Lee Jones: What Happens After Ugly Man?". Down With Tyranny. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  21. "Working with the 'Duchess of Coolsville'". NPR. August 22, 2005. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  22. "Rickie Lee Jones – Sydney Opera House – Music". Time Out Sydney. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  23. "Talking with Rickie Lee Jones". The New Yorker. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  24. Zollo, Paul (July 7, 2015). "Watch: Rickie Lee Jones Debuts Video for "Jimmy Choos"". American Songwriter. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  25. Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire on IMDb
  26. "Rickie Lee: Rickie Lee Jones". Amazon.com. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  27. Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  28. Weissberg, Jay (May 15, 2010). "Shit Year: A just-retired actress faces the void left by a life emptied of all roles save herself in Cam Archer's imagefest". Variety . Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  29. "US Charts > Rickie Lee Jones". Billboard . Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  30. "US Charts > Rickie Lee Jones". Allmusic . Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  31. "UK Charts > Rickie Lee Jones". The Official Charts Company . Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  32. Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  33. "US Certifications > Rickie Lee Jones". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  34. "Certified Awards Search: Rickie Lee Jones". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (To access, user must enter the search parameter "Rickie Lee Jones" and select "Search by: Keyword", with the other two set to "All") on June 4, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  35. "Rickie Lee Jones Sets Tour". Billboard . October 27, 2003. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  36. "New Releases: June 23, 2015". Pause&Play. Retrieved April 7, 2015.Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  37. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 289. ISBN   1-904994-10-5.
  38. Stephen Holden (March 20, 1995). "POP REVIEW; Sheryl Crow, With Conviction". New York Times. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  39. Stephen Green (March 20, 2019). "'Rickie Lee Jones' Turns 40". PJ Media. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  40. "Sur les traces des versants ouest". Jacquesbenoit.com. Retrieved April 18, 2014.