Musician

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

Born:

Quincy Jones who is is an American record producer, musician, composer, and film producer born on March 14, 1933, In U.S.

Family Background:

He is the son of Quincy Delight Jones, Sr. and his wife Sarah Frances. His father was a semi-professional baseball player and carpenter and mother was a bank officer and apartment complex manager.

Personal Life:

Jones has been married three times: Jeri Caldwell and the couple has a daughter together – Jolie Jones, Ulla Andersson and they have two children together – Martina and Quincy Jones III, and Peggy Lipton and has two daughters – Kidada and Rashida Jones.

Education:

He had attended the Garfield High School in Seattle and had been involved in music all through his high school. He formed a band with his fellow schoolmates and won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Boston in 1951.

Career:

Throughout the 1950s, Jones had arranged and played trumpet for Lionel Hampton and then became a freelance arranger for jazz sessions. Later, He became the musical director for Dizzy Gillespie’s overseas band tour and moved to Paris and worked for Barclay Records. In 1959, He had got his first big international opportunity when he led a band for the European production of Harold Arlen’s blues opera, ‘Free and Easy’. He composed for films like: ‘Walk, Don’t Run’, ‘In Cold Blood’, ‘The Lost Man’, ‘The Italian Job’, ‘Cactus Flower’, ‘In the Heat of the Night’; TV shows like: ‘Ironside’, ‘Now You See It’, etc. In 1975, Jones had finally founded his own production company, Qwest Productions. He got an opportunity to arrange and produce albums for veteran artists like Frank Sinatra and other prominent pop artists. In 1978, He had produced the soundtrack for the musical adaptation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, called ‘The Wiz’, which starred much acclaimed musical artists like, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. In the 1990s, Jones appeared in a song ‘Jerk Out’, in an episode of ‘The Boondocks’, on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and later he produced his own sketch comedy show on Fox, ‘MADtv’.

Unknown Facts:

  • His full name is Quincy Delight Jones Jr.
  • Picasso Taught Him How to Pay a Bill.
  • He Attended His Own Memorial Service.

Master Stroke:

  • He was one of the first African-American executives of a major US record label, becoming vice-president of Mercury Records in 1964 aged just 28

Awards and Achievements

  • In 1991, He received the Grammy Legend Award.
  • He has more Grammy Award nominations than any other artist.
  • In 2008, He received the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards.
  • In 2014, He received the Los Angeles Press Club Visionary Award.

What can we learn from him??

Like Quincy Jones, Concentrate on your goal. Work hard to achieve success in your life.

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