Grace Jones

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Performance name of: Grace Mendoza


Grace Beverly Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, model and actress. Born in Jamaica, she and her family moved to Syracuse, New York, when she was a teenager. Jones began her modelling career in New York state, then in Paris, working for fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo, and appearing on the covers of Elle and Vogue. She notably worked with photographers such as Jean-Paul Goude, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer, and became known for her distinctive androgynous appearance and bold features.

Beginning in 1977, Jones embarked on a music career, securing a record deal with Island Records and initially becoming a high-profile figure of New York City's Studio 54-centered disco scene. In the early 1980s, she moved toward a new wave style that drew on reggae, funk, post-punk, and pop music, frequently collaborating with both the graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude and the musical duo Sly & Robbie. She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with "Private Life", "Pull Up to the Bumper", "I've Seen That Face Before", and "Slave to the Rhythm". In 1982, she released the music video collection A One Man Show, directed by Goude, which earned her a nomination for Best Video Album at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards. Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).

As an actress, Jones appeared in several indie films prior to landing her first mainstream appearance as Zula in the fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer (1984) alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Douglas, and subsequently appeared in the James Bond movie A View to a Kill (1985) as May Day, and starred as a vampire in Vamp (1986); all of which earned her nominations for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1992, Jones acted in the Eddie Murphy film Boomerang, and contributed to the soundtrack. She also appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film Wolf Girl.

Jones was ranked 82nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll (1999). In 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been cited as an inspiration for multiple artists, including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Solange, Lorde, Róisín Murphy, Brazilian Girls, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, and Basement Jaxx. In 2016, Billboard ranked her as the 40th greatest dance club artist of all time.

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1977PortfolioGrace Jones6
1978FameGrace Jones4
1979MuseGrace Jones2
1980Warm LeatheretteGrace Jones9
1981NightclubbingGrace Jones3.514
1982Living My LifeGrace Jones48
1985Slave to the RhythmGrace Jones314
1986Inside StoryGrace Jones44
1989Bulletproof HeartGrace Jones5
2008HurricaneGrace Jones43

Album + Compilation

1985Dance CollectionGrace Jones1
1985Island LifeGrace Jones414
1998Private Life: The Compass Point SessionsGrace Jones2
200320th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Grace JonesGrace Jones1
2003Classic Grace JonesGrace Jones2
2003X-TremeGrace Jones1
2004The CollectionGrace Jones1
2006My Jamaican GuyGrace Jones & Bounty Killer1
2006The Grace Jones StoryGrace Jones1
2006The Ultimate CollectionGrace Jones1
2008Starclub präsentiert: Grace JonesGrace Jones1
2012Nightclubbing + Slave to the RhythmGrace Jones1
2013IconGrace Jones1
2015DiscoGrace Jones3
Best OfGrace Jones1
The UltimateGrace Jones1
The Universal Masters CollectionGrace Jones1

Album + Remix

2011Hurricane DubGrace Jones3


1976I'll Find My Way To You / Again And AgainGrace Jones1
1976Sorry / That’s The TroubleGrace Jones1
1977I Need a ManGrace Jones1
1978Do or DieGrace Jones1
1979On Your KneesGrace Jones1
1980Private Life / She’s Lost ControlGrace Jones53
1980A Rolling StoneGrace Jones1
1981Walking in the Rain / Pull Up to the BumperGrace Jones1
1981Demolition ManGrace Jones1
1981I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)Grace Jones1
1981Pull Up to the BumperGrace Jones1
1982Nipple to the BottleGrace Jones1
1982The Apple Stretching / Nipple To The BottleGrace Jones1
1983Living My LifeGrace Jones1
1985CrushGrace Jones2
1985La Vie En RoseGrace Jones1
1985Pull Up to the Bumper (remix)Grace Jones1
1985Slave to the Rhythm (original “Ladies and Gentlemen” version)Grace Jones3
1986I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You)Grace Jones2
1986Love Is the DrugGrace Jones2
1986Pull Up to the Bumper:A Musclemix (A megamix cut-Up)Grace Jones1
1987Party GirlGrace Jones1
1987Victor Should Have Been a Jazz MusicianGrace Jones1
1989Love on Top of Love (Killer Kiss)Grace Jones4
19927 Day WeekendGrace Jones1
1993Sex DriveGrace Jones3
2000Pull Up to the BumperGrace Jones vs. Funkstar De Luxe3
2006Private LifeThe Pretenders / Grace Jones1
2008Williams' BloodGrace Jones2
2010Love You to LifeGrace Jones1
2012Evilmainya (Taken from the Movie “freddie”)Grace Jones1

Single + Remix

1994Slave to the Rhythm (1994 remixes)Grace Jones3
2005I've Seen That Face Before (Hell Interpretations)Grace Jones1


1986Re-Mix Re-MaskGrace Jones1
1990Amado MioGrace Jones1

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