Not even Chuck E.'s admiration could help Rickie Lee Jones in the '80s
Everybody remembers Chuck E. 's In Love from 1979, but does our recollection of Rickie Lee Jones end in the '70s? No, if you remember, The Real End did not happen until the '80s.
Rickie Lee Jones emerged in the LA music scene in the '70s when she became romantically involved with Tom Waits. In 1979, she won the Grammy for Best New Artist on the strength of the jazz-flavored Chuck E.'s In Love. While her albums sales were always brisk and Rolling Stone magazine loved her (she made the cover twice), she never hit the Top 40 in the '80s, although in 1984 her song The Real End clocked in at No. 83.
The video for The Real End is quite fun with the sassy Jones using the help of rudimentary computer dating software to line up a smorgasbord of gentlemen. The Real End would be the last appearance by Jones on the pop singles charts for the lady who knew how to wear a hat or beret better than any female during our era.
Jones still is steadily recording and performing and last year she released her latest album The Other Side Of Desire.