Rickie Lee Jones, 'Rickie Lee Jones' (1979)
Led by Tom Waits, there was a curious little neo-Beat scene that thrived in Southern California in the late seventies. But it was Rickie Lee Jones, with her self-titled 1979 debut, a scruffy, charming collection of nostalgic singer-songwriter pop, who was its biggest star. The album rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200, and the swinging single, "Chuck E.'s In Love," hit No. 4 on the Hot 100. Both Jones and Waits have, smartly, long since distanced themselves from the kind of cool-cat retromania displayed on this still charming album.