Rickie Lee Jones has today’s almost forgotten track
There was a time when we thought this brand new star was going to join the same plateau of meaningful women performers as Joni Mitchell and others…Rickie Lee Jones was fresh, creative, talented and charming and seemed to have all the elements in place other than one…or maybe two…she was a victim of choosing to live her life by only her own dictates, which I do recommend, but, sadly, in the music business, a real personality, other than a manufactured one, makes you disposable fairly quickly…Rickie was going to be Rickie and though the labels used that as an example of why she was fresh and special, in fact her music was already informing us of that fact. So, sadly, she got more and more unique in her offerings, and the labels became less and less interested in taking the ride that may have been lucrative for everyone. So, she continued on her way, occasionally emerging and occasionally celebrated for her very uniqueness, but never to the point that anything she did attracted as much attention as that brilliant first album.
Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then. His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.
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