Disco diva Grace Jones

Grace Jones took the disco world by storm with her predatory poses, flashy style, and androgenous looks. Her music mixed punk energy with reggae rhythm.

Ms. Jones was born in Spanishtown, Jamaica, in 1952, but moved to Syracuse, N.Y., at age 12. She became a top model in her early 20s. In 1977, her debut single, "I need a man," became a disco classic. Several successful albums followed.

After disco's demise, Jones became a pop star and a poster girl for the '80s nightclub scene. "Slave to the Rhythm" (1985) was her most enduring album. She also pursued performance art and starred in films, including "A View to a Kill" (1985) and "Conan the Destroyer" (1984).

Jones is now working on an album for MCY.com. She recently completed a film in Romania and was featured in the BBC's "Legends of Dance." Earlier this month, the new version of her "Pull Up to the Bumper" was in the Top 10 on the Billboard Dance Chart. In 1999, VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock 'n' Roll.

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