Grace Jones (born May 19, 1952) is a Jamaican-American singer, model and actress.
Jones started out as a model and became a muse to Andy Warhol, who photographed her extensively.During that era she regularly went to the New York City nightclub Studio 54. Jones secured a record deal with Island Records in 1977, which resulted in a string of dance-club hits. In the late 1970s, she adapted the emerging electronic music style and adopted a severe, androgynous look with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes. Many of her the singles were hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Airplay charts, for example 1981 “Pull Up to the Bumper”, which spent seven weeks at #2 on the U.S. dance chart.
Grace Jones eighth studio album and her first for the Manhattan Records label after a long tenure with Island Records, would be “Inside Story”. It was also her first album working with Nile Rodgers and the album would spawn the singles “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You)”, “Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician”, “Crush”, and “Party Girl”.
“Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician” was the third single from album, co-produced by Jones and Nile Rodgers. It was destined for European market, and was released simultaneously with “Crush”, which promoted Inside Story in North America. As the song title suggests, it saw Jones exploring new musical territories and the spoken opening line even refers to one of the late and greats of jazz: “I went to a concert, to see Nina Simone”. The horns on the track were played by Lenny Pickett, Stan Harrison, Steve Elson, and Mac Gollehon under the collective name The Borneo Horns.
The 12″ single featured remixes of “Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician” as well as “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You)” by Ben Liebrand, all of which remain unreleased on CD.
Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician (The JAZZclubmillionminutemix) 6:58
I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You) (The C + V.I. Minimix) 6:49