Rickie Lee Jones (born November 8, 1954) is a two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist, musician, songwriter, and producer from the United States. Over the course of a three-decade career, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards.
Born in Chicago, Jones grew up in a family she has described as "lower-middle-class-hillbilly-hipster" in Chicago; Los Angeles; Phoenix, Arizona; and Olympia, Washington. Her grandfather, nicknamed "Peg Leg Jones," had come from a vaudeville background, and Jones has spoken of her Welsh ancestry and her Gypsy heritage.
Her father, Richard Loris Jones, worked as a waiter, furniture mover, and gardener, but also had musical leanings, writing a lullaby for Rickie Lee's older sister entitled "The Moon is Made of Gold" (recorded by Jones in 1985). Her mother, Bettye Jones, was a waitress who later became a nurse. Jones' younger brother, Danny, was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with one leg and partial paralysis; by fourteen, she was living in Arizona with her father and had a tendency to run away from home, often hitch-hiking.