Grace Jones is a famous Jamaican–American actress, singer, lyricist, dancer and supermodel. She has also spent several years in Paris as a model, where she modeled for celebrity fashion designers.
Jones secured a record deal with Island Records in 1977, which resulted in a string of dance-club hits. The three disco albums she recorded—Portfolio (1977), Fame (1978), and Muse (1979)—generated considerable success in that market. These albums consisted of pop melodies set to a disco beat (such as "All on a Summer's Night" and "Do or Die,") and standards (such as "What I Did for Love," "Autumn Leaves," and "Send in the Clowns").
Grace Jones - Do or Die
During this period, she became a source of inspiration to Andy Warhol, who photographed her extensively. Jones also accompanied him to famed New York City nightclub Studio 54 on many occasions. And this is where my story begins…
On a cool fall night in 1979, I was out with friends from New York that frenquented Studio 54… let’s just say they had a key to the front door. At about 12 midnight, everyone hopped in a cab and headed to ’54’ – no one got there before midnight, who was part of the scene – Upon entering the club, I notice Andy Warhol and his gang including Baby Jane Holzer, a friend of mine. I, also at the time, happened to be training a horse that was named for Warhol, owned by C.Z. Guest, a good friend & patron of Warhol… so I walked over to Baby Jane and stuck up a conversation. It was just the usual chit-chat – who is here, who is doing who – you know that type of chat. Anyway, as we talked this very tall 5'11" masculine in appearance black lady walked up, grabbed my arm and dragged me out to the main dance floor. I was a bit taken back, but feeling very good (if you know what I mean), I just went with the flow. From that moment on, hard pounding, heart throbbing – anything goes music was moving me around the floor; me & Grace Jones, along with a crowd of some two hundred other merry souls danced until the wee hours of the morning.
During the night I lost my coat, my tie, my shirt & my shoes – just dancing away with only my khaki slacks and about 10 pounds less of flesh… I only stopped dancing long enough to have another sloe-gin fizz and a line or two. About 4 a.m. or so, Grace and I hopped in a cab and continue our early morning festivities at a few afterhour bars in The Village.
Sometime the next day, I walked into my hotel shirtless, shoeless and not too good for wear…
Although Grace has yet to become a truly mainstream recording artist in the United States - she has, to date, officially released 49 commercial and/or promotional singles (not including re-releases), including several non-album tracks. Today, Grace Jones, 58 is reportedly engaged to music producer Ivor Mervyn Vigors Guest, 4th Viscount Wimborne [born 1968], who is twenty years her junior. The British media described their relationship as 'on/off' most of the time.