Did you know this bleach blonde Dayton-area native sang with Prince?


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Did you know this bleach blonde Dayton-area native sang with Prince?

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Source: 1999 video screen grab
Screen grab from Prince's 1999 video shows Jill Jones (L) with Lisa Coleman. Jones was raised in Lebanon.

Here’s a little-known fact: one of the women who partied with Prince like it was 1999 was born and raised in the Miami Valley. 

Jill Jones, the bleach blonde singing with Lisa Coleman in the music video for Prince’s “1999,” was raised by her grandparents in Lebanon, her hometown. 

From the bio on her Facebook page

(Jones’) African American/Native American mother was a model and a singer; having worked as a Playboy Bunny, which undoubtedly influenced Jill’s forward-thinking attitudes about sex and sensuality. Her Italian father was a jazz drummer. With the latter out of the picture early on, and the former often traveling for work, Jill was raised primarily by her grandparents, amidst her extended family in Lebanon, Ohio. 

Jones eventually moved to Los Angeles with her mother. 

She worked with R&B hitmaker Teena Marie, whom Jones’ mom managed, before becoming a Prince background singer. 

She met the Purple One while on tour with Teena Marie. He was on his 1980 “Dirty Mind” Tour. 

The 1985 Prince song “She’s Always in My Hair” is reportedly about Jones.

Jones was in the video for the Prince song “Automatic” and played a waitress in his hit movie “Purple Rain.” 

According to her bio, Jones contributed her talents to Prince’s “Purple Rain” and “Sign ‘O’ The Times,” as well as the self-titled debut from Apollonia 6 and “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E.

In addition to that, she was in Prince’s film “Graffiti Bridge” and sang backup for the group Vanity 6. 

Jones, now 55, is still in the music business as a singer and writer. Here is a link to her Soundcloud




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