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Jon Lucien

Dubbed "the man with the golden throat" by Herbie Hancock, Jon Lucien was the premier crooner of the fusion era -- blessed with a deep, velvety voice ideally matched to romantic ballads, his sophisticated amalgam of soul, light jazz, and Caribbean rhythms never enjoyed commercial success commensurate with the esteem afforded him by critics and peers alike. Born Lucien Harrigan on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands on January 8, 1942, he grew up on the neighboring island of St. Thomas. An ardent fan of Nat King Cole, as a teen he played bass in Rico and the Rhythmaires, a group led by his father, Eric. In the mid-'60s he relocated to upstate New York, recording commercial jingles and performing at parties, weddings, and bar mitzvahs. At one such gig he captured the attention of RCA exec Ernie Alshulter, and the label soon extended a contract offer. Renaming himself Jon Lucien, the singer was also a gifted songwriter, but RCA limited his contributions to his 1970 debut, I Am Now. to just one original, instead insisting he record a series of jazz and pop standards: "The record company was attempting to package me as a sort of 'black Sinatra,'" Lucien recalled decades later. "Once the white women started to swoon at my performances, their attitudes quickly changed." Three years in the making, the follow-up, Rashida, consisted solely of Lucien originals. Both the title cut and the bossa nova-inspired single "Lady Love" found some favor with U.S. radio, and the record also earned rapturous critical notice, even earning arranger Dave Grusin a Grammy nomination. While 1974's Mind's Eye seemed to position Lucien on the cusp of a commercial breakthrough, a move to Columbia for the follow-up, Song for My Lady, conspired to upset his momentum, and in the wake of 1976's Premonition the label terminated his contract. Lucien resurfaced later that year on jazz-rock bassist Alphonso Johnson's Yesterday's Dreams, and in 1978 he also guested on fusion supergroup Weather Report's Mr. Gone. Only in 1982 did he resume his solo career with the Precision label release Romantico. "My frustration stemmed from being asked to be a hit-maker...do disco, country...whatever it takes to sell millions," he later said. "I struggled for the executives to understand my music." Lucien also suffered personal tragedy in 1980 when his young daughter Zeudi Jacira drowned. He spent much of the decade to follow battling drug addiction, and during the mid-'80s returned to the Virgin Islands, ultimately settling in Puerto Rico. With his 1991 comeback album Listen Love he found a home on quiet storm radio playlists. 1993's Mother Nature's Son was also well received at contemporary jazz outlets, but he faced another crushing blow in 1996 when daughter Dalila was killed aboard TWA flight 800, which crashed off the coast of Long Island. (The 1997 album Endless Is Love is dedicated to her memory.) In subsequent years Lucien put aside his differences with the recording industry once and for all by founding his own label, Sugar Apple Music. Health problems plagued him, however, and he died of respiratory failure in Orlando, FL, on August 18, 2007. ~ Jason Ankeny
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mistepper
Pandora, please add the music from the late great Jon Lucien!!! You listeners would truly appreciate it!
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Excellent .smooth voice and sound. Love jon Lucien. Need more of his music on pandora
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marah0826
I am a big fan of Jon Lucien Saw him perform at the Blue Note. Best date ever My hubby surprised me with a back stage pass!
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bncuraged
Jon Lucien brings peace and love. Please add him to Pandora. .You can find him on Spotify.
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What is taking Pandora so long to add the great jon Lucien to it's lineup.
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I have been a fan of Jon Lucien since the 70,s and still sounds great
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He was my fren i love
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Pandora just listen to Dindi or Rashida, I need not say more.
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Pandora... What are you waiting on?
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parislove76
Hi this is one of the reason I joined Pandora to listen to Jon Lucien did I make a mistake?
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parislove76
Yes please add Jon Lucien
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Jon Lucien was a spectacular singer - saw him at Sculler's in Boston 10 years ago, and was devastated to learn he died about 5 or six years ago.
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weisor05
Please add Jon Lucien he is the voice of my generation Jillian57
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Jon Lucien is great. I had the pleasure of hearing him perform back in the '70's at The Troubadour in West Hollywood and he was absolutely transcendent . Pandora PLEASE !!! Rashida is a CLASSIC !!!
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I am so happy to see so many who know of and are a fan of Jon Lucien!! I had all of his albums in the 70s and have been trying to find his music now. Pandora...PL E A S E PLEASE PLEASE add his music!!!
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Can't belive they won't add him. Must be a problem with the record company. Otherwise this is a huge oversight.
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Still waiting on Jon Lucien to be added 8 months later, whats up???
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binda58
Please add Jon lucien
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PLEZ add Jon Lucien - his voice is amazing
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I agree...plea s e add Jon Lucien. We miss the beauty of his voice.
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ianthah
Jon Lucien please.
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I love Jon Lucien please post his stuff
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yes please add jon lucien music such a great artist much love we miss you
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keithhemphil l 4 8
While I like marvin Gaye he is not similar to Jon lucien
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lil_carmanoo c h
Minds Eye has some of the greatest love songs by one of the greatest voices it should be here period.
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ricvalles3
ohh yes....where is jon??
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there is no sub! Please Add Jon Lucien
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denbrown1
Jon Lucien was one of the most under-rated singers of our time. He had a great voice--rich, sexy, fantastic. PANDORA, PLEASE ADD HIS MUSIC TO YOUR LINE. YOU'D BE DOING A NUMBER OF US A GREAT FAVOR!!!! PLAY MORE P-L-E-A-S-E
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Jon Lucien is no longer with us. He had the richest voice.
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Raul Midon is the only artist that is similiar to Jon Lucien. But he is closer to an early Al Jarreau

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pjack8140
What no Jon Lucien? The most sexiest voice next to Barry White. Please add some of his music.....
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Has Jon Lucien done anything recently? I just heard Jon Lucien, Love Me on By Request on Sirius. Is that new?
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atthebathsis l e
Hey Pandora, do all your listeners a great favor by including the music of Jon Lucien.
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Just make Jon Lucien part of the lineup. Listen to him, really listen, then just put him on.
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ladydy161
What do we have to do to convince you to include Jon Lucien in your roster of artists ???????? This man's work is special and needed in the world today !
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I also, would like to hear Jon Lucien - his voice is almost medicial.
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Got Jon Lucien?
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harrigans182
Where is the Jon Lucien music? I thought I was doing something wrong. PLEASE add him to our site. Thanks.
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swilliams046
I find it an incredible loss that you have absolutely NO music by Jon Lucien. WHY ??? I would like to make a request for ARTIST - Jon Lucien. Thank you!
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I would like to listen to Jon Lucien's music if available.
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amy4779
He's incredible.. . can't believe he's gone, but his music will live on forever!
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I would appreciate listening to some of Jon Lucien's music if it is available on pandora radio.

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