Quincy Jones

Musician + Conductor + Producer + Arranger + Composer + Film Composer

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, and trumpeter. His career spans five decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Quincy Jones.


1933 Birth Quincy Jones was born in 1933, on the South Side of Chicago, to Sarah Frances (née Wells) (1903-1999) and Quincy Delight Jones, Sr (1895-1971). … Read More
1943 10 Years Old In 1943, when Jones was ten, his family moved to Bremerton, Washington, where his father got a wartime job at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. … Read More


1951 18 Years Old In 1951, Jones won a scholarship to Seattle University, where a young Clint Eastwood also a music major there watched him play in the college band. … Read More


1956 23 Years Old In 1956, Jones toured again as a trumpeter and musical director of the Dizzy Gillespie Band on a tour of the Middle East and South America sponsored by the United States Information Agency. … Read More
1962 29 Years Old He is known for his 1962 tune "Soul Bossa Nova", which originated on the Big Band Bossa Nova album. "Soul Bossa Nova" was a theme used for the 1998 World Cup, the Canadian game show Definition, the Woody Allen film Take the Money and Run, and the Austin Powers film series. … Read More


1963 30 Years Old Jones produced all four million-selling singles for Lesley Gore during the early and mid-sixties, including "It's My Party" (UK No. 8; US No. 1), "Judy's Turn to Cry" (US No. 5), "She's a Fool" (also a US No. 5) in 1963, and "You Don't Own Me" (US No. 2 for four weeks in 1964).
1964 31 Years Old In 1964, Jones was promoted to vice-president of Mercury Records, becoming the first African American to hold this executive position. … Read More
1966 33 Years Old He continued to produce for Gore until 1966, including the Greenwich/ Barry hit "Look of Love" (US No. 27) in 1965.
1971 38 Years Old …  In 1971, Jones was the first African American to be named as the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. … Read More


1975 42 Years Old In 1975, Jones founded Qwest Productions, for which he arranged and produced hugely successful albums by Frank Sinatra and other major pop figures.
1978 45 Years Old In 1978, he produced the soundtrack for The Wiz, the musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. … Read More
1981 48 Years Old Jones's 1981 album, The Dude, yielded multiple hit singles, including "Ai No Corrida" (a remake of a song by Chaz Jankel), "Just Once," and "One Hundred Ways", the latter two featuring James Ingram on lead vocals and marking Ingram's first hits.


1985 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Jones wrote the score for the Steven Spielberg film adaptation of the Pulitzer-prize winning epistolary novel, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker. … Read More
1988 55 Years Old In 1988, Quincy Jones Productions joined forces with Warner Communications to create Quincy Jones Entertainment. … Read More
1991 58 Years Old …  His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, and 28 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.


1993 - 1994 2 More Events
2001 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, Jones published his autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones. … Read More
2002 69 Years Old In a 2002 interview, when asked if he would work with Jones again, Jackson suggested he might.
2007 74 Years Old 1 More Event
But, in 2007, when Jones was asked by NME, he said: "Man, please! … Read More
2008 75 Years Old On February 10, 2008, Jones joined Usher in presenting the Grammy Award for Album of the Year to Herbie Hancock.
…  Jones says that MJJ Productions, a song company managed by the singer's estate and Sony Music Entertainment, improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees; further, they broke an agreement giving him the right to remix master recordings for albums released after Jackson's death in 2009. … Read More
2014 81 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2014, Jones appeared in "Keep on Keepin' On," a documentary about his friend Clark Terry. … Read More
2015 82 Years Old In September 2015, Jones was a guest on Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy on Beats 1 Radio. … Read More
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