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Grace Jones was born on May 19, 1948 (though many speculate her to be born in 1952) in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Jamaica to Marjorie Jones and Reverend Robert W. Jones. When she was 12 she moved to Syracuse, New York, joining her family who had already moved there. She studied acting at Syracuse University and appeared in her first musical; halfway through college, she was approached by a drama professor who proposed that she work with him in a play he was putting on in Philadelphia, she accepted.

Jones later moved to New York City and signed on as a model with Wilhelmina Models, but when her looks weren’t successfully received, she moved to Paris, France, where her androgynous, bold, dark-skinned appearance was so highly visible, she began to model for Yves Saint-Laurent, Claude Montana, Kenzo Takada, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Hans Feurer, and Azzedine Alaïa, and she appeared on the covers of Elle, Vogue and “Der Stern

Jones was signed by Island Records, who put her in the studio with disco record producer, Tom Moulton. Moulton worked at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, and Portfolio, was released in 1977. The album featured three songs from Broadway musicals, “Send in the Clowns” by Stephen Sondheim from A Little Night Music, “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line and “Tomorrow” from Annie. In 1978, Jones and Moulton made Fame, an immediate follow-up to Portfolio, also recorded at Sigma Sound Studios. The album featured another reinterpretation of a French classic, “Autumn Leaves” by Jacques Prévert. In the North American club scene, Fame was a hit album and the “Do or Die”/”Pride”/”Fame” side reached top 10 on both the US Hot Dance Club Play and Canadian Dance/Urban charts. The album was released on compact disc in the early 1990s, but soon went out of print.  Jones’s live shows were highly sexualized and flamboyant, leading her to be called “Queen of the Gay Discos.”

Muse was the last of Jones’s disco albums. The album features a re-recorded version “I’ll Find My Way to You”, which Jones released three years prior to Muse. Originally appearing in the 1976 Italian film, Colt 38 Special Squad in which Jones had a role as a club singer, Jones also recorded a song called “Again and Again” that was featured in the film. Both songs were produced by composer Stelvio Cipriani. Icelandic keyboardist Thor Baldursson arranged most of the album and also sang duet with Jones on the track “Suffer”. Like the last two albums, the cover art is by Richard Bernstein. Like Fame, Muse was later released by Gold Legion.

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Pull Up To The Bumper (1981)
Slave To The Rhythm (1985)

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