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The Producers: Quincy Jones
When discussing music producers, no conversation on the subject would be complete without talking about Quincy Jones. The only question is, where do you start? You’re talking about someone with a career that spans some sixty-plus years as not only a music producer but as an artist, composer, musician, conductor, magazine founder, best-selling author, film and television producer and record executive. Jones, (or “Q” as he’s most often called), has been nominated for a whopping seventy-nine Grammy Awards and snagged 27 of them. In the 1960s, he was an arranger for some of the most legendary names in music, including Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, and Dinah Washington. Jones has produced music scores for over 30 feature films, and his songs have been a mainstay in popular culture. Just a couple of examples are tunes such as “Soul Bossa Nova,” the song used in the Austin Powers feature film series, as well as the song “The Streetbeater,” which most of us know as the theme from the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son. In 1981 Jones’ album The Dude brought us hits like “Ai No Corrida,” “Just Once” and “One Hundred... Miles Davis with Ice-T and Big Daddy Kane (along with a slew of other legendary artists) to produce 1989’s groundbreaking album Back On The Block (that one earned seven Grammy Awards alone)? Of course, no discussion about “Q” is complete without talking about Michael Jackson. Jones was the producer of Jackson’s trifecta, three albums that are in the record collections of music fans worldwide: Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad. All three, of course, went on to be multi-platinum sellers, dozens of times over, with Thriller still considered the best-selling album of all time. So when it comes to Quincy Jones, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, the conversation can go on and on without stopping; and ...
Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughters, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at www.cdbaby.com/cd/montrose, visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @MontroseC. Check out his blog, Daddy Rock Star, at www.tumblr.com/blog/daddyrockstar.
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