TIMELINE – QUINCY JONES

The “DUDE,” “Q,” or plain old Mr. Jones… regardless of what you call him, most would agree he is the Baddest Music Dude on the planet.  When Quincy Jones was putting out a string of POP albums, I heard someone say, “Exactly what did he do on the record?”  Sure, he wasn’t playing an instrument or singing vocals but a Quincy Jones record would not have the brilliant shine that it always has without the Guidance and Production Skills of “Q.”  His music life is so vast, we decided to capsulize it to fit it into this article by doing a TIMELINE of his career.  Even still, we can’t mention everything this man has done in his decades of successes.  We’ll also feature a choice sampling of live performance videos to show off some of the outstanding music he has written, arranged and produced.  As the guy who produced Michael Jackson into the history books with “Thriller,” scoring the soundtrack music for plenty important films like Roots and producing his own records with a “Who’s Who” of guest musicians and singers, Quincy Jones is the “DUDE!”

  • March 14, 1933 Quincy Delightt Jones, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1951 Jones received a college scholarship but left college to tour as a Trumpeter with Vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton.
  • In ’56 Quincy toured as Trumpeter and Music Director for Dizzy Gillespie’s band.
  • 1963, Quincy produces the hit record for White singer, Lesley Gore; “It’s My Party.”
  • 1964 Quincy is appointed Vice-President of Mystic Records.
  • 1964, Quincy composes the music score for the motion picture, The Pawnbroker… this would be the first of 33 major motion picture scores including The Color Purple for Steven Spielberg.
  • In the 60’s Quincy arranges songs for very important artists like Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstine, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.
  • 1968 Quincy and songwriting partner, Bob Russell, become the fist African Americans to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, “The Eyes Of Love,” from the film, Banning.
  • Quincy was first African American to be hired as Music Director for the Oscars in 1971.
  • 1985, Quincy produces the global HIT featuring the best of the best in Pop Music, “We Are The World.”
  • 1991 Quincy produced what would be Miles Davis’ final recorded album from a live performance at Montreux.  The album was released in ’93.
  • In ’94 Quincy and David Salzman form QDE, an entertainment group that produces TV shows (Fresh prince of Bel-Air, Mad TV, In The House) and Magazines (Vibe and Spin).
  • Quincy produced three albums for Michael Jackson; Off The Wall (sold 20 million), Thriller (sold 110 million copies and is the highest grossing album of all time) and Bad (sold 32 million).
  • Quincy Jones has been nominated for 79 Grammy Awards and has won 27 of them.


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