Friday, February 11, 2011

Grace Jones

Grace Jones  is a Jamaican-American singer, model and actress.
The contralto singer has the range to move into an almost-soprano mode in some songs.
Jones secured a record deal with Island Records in 1977, which resulted in a string of
dance-club hits and a large gay following. In the late 1970s, Jones adapted the emerging
New Wave music style and adopted a severe, androgynous look with square-cut hair and
angular, padded clothes. In 1981, her "Pull Up to the Bumper" spent seven weeks at #2 on
the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, and became a Top 5 single on the U.S. R&B chart
Although she has yet to become a truly mainstream recording artist in the United States,
much of Jones's musical output is very popular in American clubs as many of the singles
were hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Airplay charts. Jones was able
to find mainstream success in Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, scoring a number
of Top 40 entries on the UK Singles chart . Jones's most notable albums are Warm
Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm, while her biggest hits (other than
"Pull Up to the Bumper") are "I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)", "Private Life",
"Slave to the Rhythm" and "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)". During the 1970s,
she also became a muse to Andy Warhol, who photographed her extensively.
During this era she regularly went to the New York City nightclub Studio 54
Jones' acting occasionally overshadowed her musical output except in Europe where her
profile as a recording artist was much higher. Her work as an actress in mainstream film
began in 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
both acted in and sang a song in the 1992 Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. In 2001, she
appeared alongside Tim Curry in Wolf Girl.

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