I’d been living with somebody for a year, a guitar player, and he left me with a bounced rent check and no car, and I got fired from my job. Some albums transcend their eras, finding their way into the cultural canon and continually being rediscovered by subsequent generations of listeners. ”As a result, the kids are free to flee again. '”, (Despite that rebuff, Rickie Lee still performs one of her father’s songs, ”The Moon Is Made of Gold.” ”It’s a lullaby to a child,” she says, ”how beautiful the night is and not to feel sad that the sun went down, because the moon is made of gold.”). But I think Chuck E. and Tom have been my family for a while now. The other day a girl ran four blocks down Sunset Boulevard just to catch me. RICKIE LEE JONES has spent a life time dancing with her muse. Unfortunately, not all of the Jones brood responded so positively to Rickie Lee’s creative output. As Rickie Lee tells it, she landed a contract with Warner Bros, after her now ex-manager, Nick Mathe, had sent the label a four-song (”Company,” ”Young Blood,” ”The Last Chance Texaco” and ”Easy Money”) demo tape she had cut under the auspices of A&M Records. RICKIE LEE JONES was the “Duchess of Coolsville” ( Time magazine). ”I was a smartass,” she says contritely. After Mr. Jones’ mother, a chorus girl, was killed in an auto accident, Peg Leg put his infant son into a succession of boarding institutions, eventually leaving him behind in an orphanage in the South. She’s been undergoing a ”period of adjustment” ever since her sultry Warner Bros, debut album, Rickie Lee Jones, and the spirited hit single, ”Chuck E.’s in Love,” combined to make her one of the current top-selling female vocalists in the nation. '”, God, what time is it?” says Rickie Lee, jumping up from her chair opposite mine to check a clock down the hall. We want to hear from you! I sang ‘Easy Money’ and a song Ivan wrote, called ‘You Almost Look Chinese.’ A little later on, Tom saw me there, and he and Chuck E. and I started hanging out together. Most of those who were sharply critical have assailed Jones for her bawdy swaggering, salty language and her bohemian ”pose.”. You could hear it all around the hospital. That really hurt her. Check out Rickie Lee Jones on Amazon Music. Rickie Lee was born in Chicago on November 8th, 1954, the second of three daughters (and one son) resulting from Bettye Jane’s marriage to Richard Loris Jones, after whom Rickie was named. Despite the awesome, pervasive clutter, the apartment retains a lot of warmth. Rickie Lee Jones wrote The Horses, Deep Space and Stewart's Coat. RICKIE LEE was voted best jazz singer in Playboy and Rolling Stone polls two years in a row. ”When we took that car,” she exults, ”that was the first time I was in love! The eatery had a piano and Jones would sit at it for hours on end, drinking strong coffee and struggling with lyrics and melodies. My mother remarried, but she couldn’t raise us all, I guess. Eventually, she played the Troubadour on Hoot Night. I recall something she had said to me earlier in the evening. ”The first time I ever ran away I was fourteen,” she says with quiet intensity, stretching out on the couch with a glass of ice and pouring herself two fingers of Jack Daniel’s. The second album by Rickie Lee Jones was released in 1981, following a breakup and the response to Jones' Grammy-winning debut, and gets its name and … He was going out the door an I begged him not to go. ”I know she had a hard time finding herself, but I didn’t know that children did these kinds of things when they got the proper love and attention at home. ”You should understand that my husband came from an entertainment background and it was important for Richard to have a try at it himself. She is much older than I am in terms of street wisdom; sometimes she seems as ancient as dirt, and yet other times she’s so like a little girl.”, Fabled chum Chuck E. Weiss concurs. She just stayed in her room all the time and wrote poetry and played a guitar her older brother, Danny, gave her. Destitute but determined, she slept (when she was lucky) on various benefactors’ couches during the day, and passed the evenings playing for a pittance in places like the Comeback Inn in Venice, California, and the A La Carte and the Ivar Theater in Hollywood. As we stroll into the murky environs of the legendary L. A. folk club, a few people wave to Rickie Lee but there is no fanfare. ”My son Danny feels that the one thing I could tell you about that would give you the most insight into Rickie is the imaginary friends she had as a little girl. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. ”I don’t wanna go alone. After about a half-hour, we go back to the bar and take a small table by the door, where the musician and another male pal of his join us. She draws a labored breath, and then continues: ”He was in a coma for months and nobody thought he would ever talk again. ROLLING STONE Magazine Australia. A ”traveling adventure” the following year took her from her new home base in Olympia, Washington, where her family had relocated, to various cities up and down the coast of California. In time, her hipster tale-spinning was interspersed with her own songs. ”Danny was about sixteen when he was in this accident. It was the eeriest sound I think I ever heard. Rolling Stone: Ghostyhead (stylized as GHoSTYhead) is the seventh studio album by the artist Rickie Lee Jones. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. A good deal of her act consisted of rhythmic ”spoken-word” monologues told in street jargon. There was a telephone call from Denver one day and it was Chuck E. And Waits hung up the phone and said, ‘Chuck E.’s in love!’ I just made the rest of the song up.”. When she’s onstage, she seems anything but anxious. Mrs. Jones grew up in the Richland County Children’s Home in Mansfield, Ohio. ”It’s Hoot Night. ”My mother put her four children there after my father passed away. Was she a runaway? Warners was interested, but she insists the clincher came when Ivan Ulz sang ”Easy Money” over the phone to Lowell George. ”I get compared a lot to Tom Waits, and I can understand it only from the point of view that we’re both writing about street characters. They’re certainly more lyrical and genuine and less full of crap than any of the other girls I see singing songs these days in their disco wet suits or whatever. Meeting with a tempestuous reception at her own household, Rickie Lee ran away again and moved into a shack behind a friend’s home. ”I love places like this,” she whispers. Rickie Lee Jones originally did Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo, Bad Company, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You, So Long and other songs. You can learn a lot about a woman by getting smashed with her. Then you’re vulnerable and it’ll fuck you every time. She would take them with her to church and everywhere else, and make places for them on benches and talk to them right out loud. ”I met Mr. Jones when he was a soda jerk at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Chicago. I’ve done every kind of drug you can do: STP, pot, cocaine, everything but junk; I was in an amateur rodeo in 1965 and got a tooth knocked out while breaking a mare. I remember her getting her first pair of high heels, at least since I knew her, and coming by one night to holler in my window to take her out celebrating. ”I used to sit in the hospital every day and I’d talk to Danny and read to him, ’cause even though everybody said he couldn’t hear, I knew that he could. I fetch some beers for us as they huddle in the corner, and then Rickie and I move from the outer bar into the main room to watch the last show. ”I just had a bad attitude, I guess. Rickie Lee Jones covered Bad Company, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You, Comes Love, Nagasaki and other songs. I wonder, ‘Why me and not her?’ Her music seems more accessible than mine.”. ”The place I feel most comfortable these days is onstage; I can cut loose and I’m so damned glad to be there. There she was, walking down Santa Monica Boulevard, drunk and falling off her shoes. Gilliam, who writes country & western songs with his patrol partner in his spare time, says he has never heard of any one-time runaways who later made it big in show business. I got in a car and my friend drove. He was bombed with poison gas in World War I in the Battle of Argonne in France, and he was never the same after that, drinking and carousing till he died. While assembling the material for her first album, she regularly sent tapes of the works in progress up to Washington for scrutiny. Want more Rolling Stone? ”You can never re-create that privacy.” She also admitted that she had been deliberately obstructive and/or deceptive in many of her previous interviews. In the years since leaving home, Rickie Lee has reconciled whatever misgivings or differences she might have had with her immediate family and has made a point of reaching out to all of them, accepting their encouragement and inviting their counsel. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Three — Joan Armatrading, Joni Mitchell and me. Rickie Lee was born in Chicago on November 8th, 1954, the second of three daughters (and one son) resulting from Bettye Jane’s marriage to Richard Loris Jones, after whom Rickie was named. ”You know, I hope I never forget that incredible time of evolving from a girl into a woman. We want to hear from you! 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