The Two Minute Bio: Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones is best known as a composer and record producer for legendary musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Celene Dion and Aretha Franklin.

Quincy Jones was convinced at an early age to explore music by his teenage friend Ray Charles. He played in various bands through the 50’s, began composing for film and television in the mid 60’s and eventually produced over 50 scores. He has worked with musicians Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Celine Dion. He’s also the most Grammy-nominated artist in history, with 79 nominations and 27 wins. Jones founded a charity for youth in 1985.

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In 1975, Jones founded Qwest Productions, for which he arranged and produced hugely successful albums by Frank Sinatra and other major pop figures. In 1978, he produced the soundtrack for the musical adaptation of The Wizard of OzThe Wiz, starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. In 1982, Jones’s produced Michael Jackson’s all-time best-selling album Thriller.

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