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Rickie Lee Jones


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Rickie Lee Jones (born November 8, 1954) is a two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist, musician, songwriter, and producer from the United States. Over the course of a three-decade career, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including R&B, , , , and standards. Rickie Lee Jones is a singer songwriter whose style leans on and /R&B timing and personification.

Jones settled in LA at the age of nineteen, doing the classic waiting tables stuff until she landed a recording contract with Warners. Her self-titled debut album in 1979 was a big success, as was the single, Chuck E.’s in Love, about her musician friend Chuck E. Weiss. At the 1980 Grammy Awards, she won a Grammy for Best New Artist, and also received four more nominations: for Record of the Year; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female; and Song of the Year (for “Chuck E.’s in Love”). While none of her subsequent recordings achieved the same level of commercial success, Jones has continued releasing critically acclaimed albums that have explored a variety of sonic terrain from jazz standards to trip hop influenced works.

Jones’ pursuit of jazz standards led to the recording of “The Moon Is Made of Gold” and “Autumn Leaves” for Rob Wasserman’s album Duets in 1985. The latter track earned her another Grammy nomination. And in 1990, her duet with Dr. John, a cover of “Makin’ Whoopee”, earned the artist her second Grammy Award, this time in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group.


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