Rickie Lee Jones
is the eponymous debut album of singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones
. After arriving in California
in the mid-70s, Jones started taking songwriting more seriously, and by 1977 had met singer-songwriters Chuck E. Weiss
and Tom Waits
(Jones consequently became romantically involved with Waits.)
Jones had begun playing live in the Los Angeles
area at the age of 21, and after meeting singer-songwriter Alfred Johnson, the pair began writing and performing live together (most notably at the Ala Carte club.) Two of their collaborations, "Weasel and the White Boys Cool" and "Company," would later be recorded for Jones' debut album. She also sang jazz standards, as well as a song penned by her father ("The Moon is Made of Gold") in her live sets.
Jones' performances around Los Angeles aroused interest from other local songwriters, as well as local record company executives. At a label showcase, Jones performed originals, including "Chuck E.'s in Love", "The Real Thing is Back in Town" and "The Moon is Made of Gold." This showcase performance, plus a demo containing "The Last Chance Texaco", "Easy Money", "Young Blood" and "After Hours" led to a record deal with Warner Bros.
. For her major label debut, Jones scrapped "The Real Thing is Back in Town," but used the titular line in one of the album's tracks - "Coolsville."
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