101 Facts About Quincy Jones

1. Quincy Jones says he dreamed about composing film scores as a teenager growing up in Seattle.

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2. Quincy Jones has European matrilinear ancestry, such as Lanier male ancestors who fought for the Confederacy, making him eligible for Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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3. Quincy Jones has worked with the foundation to save the homes and lives of America's elderly jazz and blues musicians, including those who survived Hurricane Katrina.

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4. Quincy Jones is the founder of the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, a nonprofit organization that built more than 100 homes in South Africa and which aims to connect youths with technology, education, culture, and music.

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5. Quincy Jones appeared with Ray Charles in the music video of their song "One Mint Julep" and with Ray Charles and Chaka Khan in the music video of their song "I'll Be Good to You".

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6. Quincy Jones became music director at Barclay, a French record company and the licensee for Mercury in France.

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7. Quincy Jones said the tour altered his view of racism in the US.

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8. Quincy Jones left his studies after receiving an offer to tour as a trumpeter, arranger, and pianist with the bandleader Lionel Hampton and embarked on his professional career.

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9. Quincy Jones was named one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century by Time magazine.

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10. Quincy Jones has tied with sound designer Willie D Burton as the second most Oscar-nominated African American; each has seven nominations.

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11. Quincy Jones was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the 1967 film In Cold Blood, making him the first African American to be nominated twice in the same year.

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12. Quincy Jones was raised in Seattle and began studies in Boston at the prestigious Schillinger House in Boston in 1951.

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13. Quincy Jones has worked as an arranger, composer and producer for some of the greatest performers of swing, jazz, blues and hip-hop, from Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra to Little Richard and Michael Jackson.

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14. Quincy Jones thinks it is God pushing the bad in people's faces to make them fight back.

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15. Quincy Jones stated that he dated Ivanka Trump who is Trump's favorite daughter, 12 years ago.

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16. Quincy Jones said that MJ couldn't keep his hands off other artist's songs.

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17. Quincy Jones talked about the good, bad and ugly in an interview with Vulture.

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18. Quincy Jones dropped out of college after he got an offer to tour as a trumpeter with Lionel Hampton.

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19. In 1951, Quincy Jones was lucky enough to secure a scholarship to Seattle University but was there for only one semester and transferred to Berklee College of Music located in Boston after getting yet another scholarship.

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20. Quincy Jones is not only a record producer but everything else.

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21. Quincy Jones spent most his life with Michael Jackson and with that alone, he had a lot of advantage of meeting the greatest people in the world.

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22. Quincy Jones claims he is owed $30 million in unpaid royalties.

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23. Quincy Jones has 79 Grammy Award nominations and 27 wins, including a Grammy Legend Award.

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24. As an arranger in the 1950s, Quincy Jones worked with many music industry legends such as Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton and Frank Sinatra, among others.

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25. Quincy Jones has celebrated the total number of 85 birthdays till date.

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26. In 1990 Quincy Jones composed a theme song for the new sitcom which was centered around Will Smith, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

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27. Quincy Jones was a philanthropist, in 1985 gathering multiple stars to participate in the song We Are The World to help raise money to help the victims of the Ethopian disaster.

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28. In 1985 Quincy Jones scored the film adaptation of The Color Purple.

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29. Quincy Jones continued working with Jackson with his Bad album in 1987.

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30. In 1972 Quincy Jones was the theme song composer for the hit-sitcom, Sanford And Son.

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31. Quincy Jones conducted and arranged one of Sinatra's most memorable songs, Fly Me To The Moon.

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32. In 1963, Quincy Jones won his first Grammy award for his Count Basie arrangement of "I Can't Stop Loving You".

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33. Quincy Jones was working with these artists while holding an executive position at Mercury Records, being one of the very few African Americans at the time to have such a position.

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34. Quincy Jones worked for the European production of Harold Arlen's blues opera, Free and Easy in 1959.

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35. In 1951, Quincy Jones had won a scholarship to the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

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36. Quincy Jones has done endorsement work for several brands such as AKG.

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37. In 1996 Quincy Jones released an instrumental album entitled Cocktail Mix.

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38. In 1993 Quincy Jones announced that he was starting a magazine called Vibe.

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39. Quincy Jones was working on a film biography of the Black Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

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40. Quincy Jones has the best-selling single of all time to his credit: the all-star choir on "We Are the World.

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41. Quincy Jones wrote the score for the widely acclaimed 1977 television mini-series "Roots.

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42. Quincy Jones was advised not to "compete with himself", so he went with In Cold Blood and it was the other film that ended up winning the Oscars.

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43. In 1971, Quincy Jones was the first African American to be named as the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony.

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44. Quincy Jones sued Jackson's estate in 2013 for 10 million dollars.

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45. Quincy Jones met Michael Jackson when they worked on the 1978 movie The Wiz.

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46. In 1993 Quincy Jones started Vibe magazine, a well-received African American music journal.

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47. Quincy Jones worked on a film biography of the black Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

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48. Quincy Jones wrote the score for the successful 1977 television mini-series Roots.

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49. Quincy Jones started his musical career as a trumpet player, touring with Lionel Hampton in the early 1950s.

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50. Quincy Jones is still alive and his estimated net worth is $310 million.

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51. Quincy Jones is an American musician, composer and record producer for big names like Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin.

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52. Quincy Jones is one of the creators of Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

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53. Quincy Jones has a child from actresses Nastassja Kinski and Carol Reynolds.

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54. In 1974, Quincy Jones suffered from a brain aneurysm and cut back on his work to spend time with friends and family.

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55. Quincy Jones has appeared in various TV projects and music videos.

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56. Quincy Jones gave him some names but ended up producing the record himself.

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57. Quincy Jones had a good relationship with Miles Davis, and in the 70s he asked the artist to revive some of his previous albums in a new record.

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58. In 1985, Quincy Jones used his influence and invited most of the American major record artists to record the song.

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59. In 1964, Quincy Jones was promoted to vice-president of Mercury Records.

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60. Quincy Jones was introduced to music by his mother, who liked to sing religious songs.

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61. In 1993, Quincy Jones branched out in yet another direction as the founder of Vibe, a magazine devoted to the African American music scene.

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62. Quincy Jones turned his attention to other matters in 1986, when a devastating famine in east Africa became the subject of global concern.

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63. In 1985, Quincy Jones scored another success in Hollywood with his compositions for the soundtrack to The Color Purple.

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64. Quincy Jones won three Grammy Awards for his work on that particular project.

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65. In 1965, Quincy Jones became the first African American composer of a motion picture soundtrack upon the release of Sidney Lumet's The Pawn Broker.

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66. Quincy Jones was a pioneer at Mercury in another important way.

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67. In 1964, Quincy Jones became the first African American executive in a white-owned recording company when Mercury Records named him vice-president.

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68. Quincy Jones won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1995 and the Henry Mancini and Oscar Micheaux Awards in 1999.

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69. Throughout the 1970s Quincy Jones remained in demand as an arranger and composer.

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70. In 1974, shortly after recording Body Heat, Quincy Jones suffered a cerebral stroke and underwent brain surgery.

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71. Quincy Jones began working as a producer at Mercury Records in 1961.

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72. Quincy Jones branched out into concert music with his Black Requiem, a work for orchestra.

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73. Quincy Jones served as music director for Harold Arlen's blues opera Free and Easy on its European tour.

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74. In 1956 Quincy Jones helped the trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie organize his first State Department big band.

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75. Quincy Jones toured Europe with Hampton and soloed on the band's recording of his own composition, "Kingfish".

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76. Quincy Jones admitted in down beat that he had great trepidations about Thriller.

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77. In 1978 Quincy Jones worked on the orchestration for the film The Wiz.

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78. Quincy Jones broke yet another color barrier in 1965 when he became the first black composer to be accepted by the Hollywood establishment.

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79. Quincy Jones founded a record company, established (1990) Vibe magazine, and formed (1991) Qwest Broacasting.

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80. Quincy Jones traveled to Paris in 1957, where he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen, became music director for Mercury Records' French division, and briefly led a big band.

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81. Quincy Jones gained further recognition in the motion picture industry as one of the producers and the musical coordinator for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple.

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82. Quincy Jones has brought to film music a range of influences from Latin stylings to American blues.

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83. In 1993 Quincy Jones started Vibe magazine, a well-received African American music journal.

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84. Quincy Jones worked on a film biography of the black Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

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85. Quincy Jones has one of the bestselling singles of all time, "We Are the World", to his credit.

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86. Quincy Jones wrote the score for the successful 1977 television mini-series Roots.

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87. Quincy Jones has worked as a musician, composer, arranger, producer, and film and television executive.

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88. At the same time, Quincy Jones began releasing his own albums and composing musical scores for Hollywood films such as In Cold Blood and In the Heat of the Night.

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89. Quincy Jones spent a large portion of the 1950s in Europe, where he organized a jazz musical theater play in 1959.

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90. In the early 1950s Quincy Jones moved to New York City and began working as a musical arranger, overseeing recording sessions for artists such as jazz singer Helen Merrill, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and famed "Queen of the Blues", Dinah Washington.

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91. Quincy Jones spent his early years on Chicago's South Side, an African-American neighborhood rich with a palette of music during the 1930s and 1940s.

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92. In 1986, Quincy Jones involved himself in a massive undertaking to generate assistance for victims of famine in Africa.

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93. In 1956, Quincy Jones was selected by the US State Department to assemble a big band under the leadership of Dizzy Gillespie to tour the Middle East and South America.

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94. Quincy Jones ventured further outside of the music world in the late 1990s with the purchase of two television stations, WATL in Atlanta, and WNOL in New Orleans.

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95. In 1993 Quincy Jones announced that he was starting a magazine, the slick black music journal Vibe.

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96. Quincy Jones took home six Grammy awards as a result, including those for album of the year and best producer.

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97. In 1986 Quincy Jones involved himself in a massive undertaking to generate assistance for victims of famine in Africa.

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98. In 2013 Quincy Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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99. Throughout the years, Quincy Jones worked with a "who's who" of figures from all fields of popular music.

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100. In the early 1950s Quincy Jones studied briefly at the prestigious Schillinger House in Boston before touring with Lionel Hampton as a trumpeter and arranger.

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101. Quincy Jones was born in Chicago and reared in Bremerton, Washington, where he studied the trumpet and worked locally with the then-unknown pianist-singer Ray Charles.

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