8 November 1954, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Jones emerged from a thriving Los Angeles bohemian sub-culture in 1979 with a buoyant debut album, peppered with images of streetwise characters and indebted, lyrically, to beat and jazz styles. The set included the Chuck E. Weiss tribute Chuck E.s In Love, a US Top 5 single, and Easy Money, a song previously covered by Little Feat guitarist Lowell George on his 1978 solo debut. Other selections bore a debt to fellow songwriter Tom Waits to whom Jones was briefly romantically linked. Although Rickie Lee Jones garnered popular success and critical plaudits and led to a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, the singer refused to be rushed into a follow-up. Two years later, Pirates, a less instantaneous, yet more rewarding collection, offered a greater perception and while still depicting low-rent scenarios, Jones revealed a hitherto hidden emotional depth in detailing her break-up from Waits. The...
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