Randy Jones (singer)
Jones at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Ribbon of Hope 2007 Celebration.
|Born||September 13, 1952|
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
|Genres||Disco, pop, R&B|
|Associated acts||Village People|
Randy Jones (born September 13, 1952 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American disco and pop singer and best known as the cowboy from Village People from 1977 and 1980, and again from 1987 until 1990.
He attended William G. Enloe GT/IB Center for the Humanities, Sciences, and the Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated in 1970. While there, he was a founder of Enloe's Drama Club, which was then called Amicus Scaena, Latin for "friend of scene" or "friend of theatre." He then studied at North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to New York.
Personal life and career
Jones had a marriage ceremony with his boyfriend of 20 years, Will Grega, at a New York City club on May 7, 2004. Although the marriage was not legally binding at the time, as gay marriage was still illegal in New York State, Jones commented, "It's only a matter of time before the courts rule in favor of what's morally right and humanly decent." The pair had published a book together in 1996, titled Out Sounds: The Gay and Lesbian Music Alternative.
In 2017, he released "Hard Times," the first single from the full-length album, Still Makin' Noise. The single reached #42 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, and was the first chart placement from any member of the Village People as a solo artist.
- Menconi, David (August 7, 2005). "The cowboy way". Raleigh News and Observer, p. G1.
- Legge, Charles. A Don deal on football shirts, Daily Mail December 17, 2011
- Rashbaum, Alyssa (May 11, 2004). "Village People's Cowboy Ropes Himself A Husband". mtv.com. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
- Grega, Will; Jones, Randy (1996). Out Sounds: The Gay and Lesbian Music Alternative. New York, NY: Pop Front Books. ISBN 0-9639871-7-8.
- POSTAL 3 Characters Archived February 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine at Running With Scissors official website.
- "Chart History: Randy Jones". Billboard. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
- "Randy Jones riding high in the saddle again". Los Angeles Blade: LGBT News, Rights, Politics, Entertainment. September 6, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.