Music producer and Ahmet Ertegun Award recipient Quincy Jones attends the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees announcement at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jones was the arranger of jazz great Cannonball Adderley’s Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley album in 1955.
In 1963, Quincy Jones arranged the album Ella and Basie! with jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Count Bassie.
Jones arranged and conducted Sinatra at the Sands with Frank Sinatra in 1966.
Jones contributed to the arrangement of Ray Charles’ 1961 Genius+Soul=Jazz album.
The theme for In Heat of the Night, both the film and show, was composed by Quincy Jones.
One of the funkiest TV theme songs, the Sanford & Son theme, was arranged by Quincy Jones.
Jones returned to television in 1977 to score the ABC miniseries, Roots.
Quincy Jones, along with Ashford & Simpson and Luther Vandross, provided music for the film adaptation of The Wiz in 1978.
In 1981, Jones released The Dude, which featured the hit song “One Hundred Ways” by James Ingram.
Jones famously produced the Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad albums for Michael Jackson. Thriller was included in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry of culturally significant recordings. It won eight Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammys and was certified 29x multi-platinum in 2009.
Jones co-produced “We Are the World.” The 1985 charity single raised $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.
Quincy Jones co-produced the film adaptation of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and produced all music for the film in 1985.
Back on the Block was Jones’ 1989 studio album. It melded black music from jazz to hip-hop and featured the last studio recordings of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. It won seven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for album of the year.
Quincy Jones brought a young Will Smith to prime-time with NBC’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air in 1990.
Quincy Jones’ Qwest Records label released soundtracks for Sarafina!, Malcolm X and Boyz n the Hood.
In 1993, Jones partnered with Time Inc. to publish and co-found VIBE magazine.
Jones’ production company QDE produced the sketch comedy show MADtv, which first aired in 1995.
Jones was an executive producer for the 90’s sitcom In the House, starring Debbie Allen and LL Cool J.
Jones composed “Soul Bossa Nova,” used as the theme for the Austin Powers film series.
Quincy Jones was the first black American to be named musical director/conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony.
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Legendary producer and musician Quincy Jones was born 80 years ago today. Jones, known as “The Dude” or sometimes simply as “Q,” is an American music impresario. He brought black music to the forefront of popular culture through his long career as a conductor, producer, arranger, composer and performer.
Jones’ career began in 1956, when he toured as a trumpeter for the Dizzy Gillespie Band. For years, he dedicated his energies to performing jazz. His work as a film composer began in 1964, when he scored his first of 33 motion pictures. He would go on to compose scores for films like The Color Purple, The Wiz and In the Heat of the Night.
His work has spanned media platforms as the composer of TV themes like Sanford and Son, producer of shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and the founder of VIBE magazine. Jones has won an astonishing 27 Grammy Awards in his career and shows no signs of slowing down.
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