Grace Jones

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Legal name: Grace Mendoza

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Grace Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, model, record producer, and actress. She was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and raised by her grandparents. At 13 she moved with her siblings to their parents' home in Syracuse, New York. Jones started out as a model, initially in New York state, then in Paris, working for Yves St. Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada, and appearing on the covers of Elle, Vogue, and Stern working with Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer.

In 1977 Jones secured a record deal with Island Records; with the aid of Compass Point All Stars she moved into new wave in 1980. She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with "Pull Up to the Bumper", "I've Seen That Face Before", "Private Life", "Slave to the Rhythm" and "I'm Not Perfect". Her albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).

She appeared in some low-budget films in the U.S. during the 1970s and early 1980s. Her first mainstream film was the 1984 fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill. In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film Wolf Girl.

In 1983, Jones's One Man Show was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long-Form Music Video. For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, and Vamp, she was nominated Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been an inspiration for artists including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Brazilian Girls, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, and Basement Jaxx.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1977 Portfolio Grace Jones 2
1978 Fame Grace Jones 1
1979 Muse Grace Jones 1
1980 Warm Leatherette Grace Jones 2
1981 Nightclubbing Grace Jones 4
1982 Living My Life Grace Jones 3
1985 Slave to the Rhythm Grace Jones 3 7
1986 Inside Story Grace Jones 4 3
1989 Bulletproof Heart Grace Jones 3
2008 Hurricane Grace Jones 4 1
2011 Hurricane Dub Grace Jones 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Island Life Compilation Grace Jones 7
1998 Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions Compilation Grace Jones 2
2003 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Grace Jones Compilation Grace Jones 1
2003 The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Grace Jones Compilation Grace Jones 2
2003 X-Treme Compilation Grace Jones 1
2004 The Collection Compilation Grace Jones 1
2006 The Grace Jones Story Compilation Grace Jones 1
2006 The Ultimate Collection Compilation Grace Jones 1
2008 Starclub präsentiert: Grace Jones Compilation Grace Jones 1
Best Of Compilation Grace Jones 1
The Ultimate Compilation Grace Jones 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Slave to the Rhythm Remix Grace Jones 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1977 I Need a Man Grace Jones 1
1980 Private Life / She's Lost Control Grace Jones 2
1981 Demolition Man Grace Jones 1
1982 Love Is the Drug Grace Jones 1
1983 Living My Life Grace Jones 1
1985 La Vie En Rose Grace Jones 1
1985 Slave to the Rhythm Grace Jones 4
1989 Love on Top of Love (Killer Kiss) Grace Jones 2
1992 7 Day Weekend Grace Jones 1
1993 Sex Drive Grace Jones 2
2000 Pull Up to the Bumper Grace Jones vs. Funkstar De Luxe 1
2008 Williams' Blood Grace Jones 1

Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 I've Seen That Face Before (Hell Interpretations) Remix Grace Jones 1

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