Quincy Jones Biography
Quincy Delightt Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American music impresario, musical arranger, record producer, and film composer.
During 50 years in the entertainment industry Jones' work has earned him more than 70 Grammy Award nominations, more than 25 Grammy Awards, and a Grammy Legends Award in 1991. He is best known as the producer of two of the top-selling records of all time: the album Thriller, by pop icon Michael Jackson, and the charity song “We Are the World”.
In 1968, Jones along with his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African-Americans nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category. That same year, he became the first African-American nominated twice in the same year when he was nominated for Best Original Score (for In Cold Blood). Jones is also the first (and so far, only) African-American to be nominated as a producer in the category of Best Picture (in 1986, for The Color Purple). He is also the first African-American to win the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, in 1995. He is tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the most Oscar-nominated African-American with seven nominations each.
Quincy Jones' social activism began in the 1960s with his support of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jones is one of the founders of the Institute for Black American Music (IBAM) whose events aim to raise enough funds for the creation of a national library of African-American art and music. Jones is also one of the founders of the Black Arts Festival in his hometown Chicago. For many years he has worked closely with Bono of U2 on a number of philanthropic issues. He is the founder of the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, a charity which connects youths with technology, education, culture and music. One of the organizations programs is an intercultural exchange between underprivileged youths from Los Angeles and South Africa. Jones supports a number of other charities including the NAACP, GLAAD, Peace Games and AmFAR.
In January 2005, Jones was honored by the United Negro College Fund at their annual Evening of Stars event for an entertainment career that has spanned over five decades. The unique alchemy of Jones' talent is that his music remains relevant from one generation to the next. Jones began his career in bebop, yet his ability to compose proved to transcend both genre and demographic. His work still tops music charts as was evident when rapper/actor Ludacris sampled Jones' Soul Bossa Nova for his 2005 single Number One Spot. Jones was featured in the video and he also performed a cameo in Austin Powers in Goldmember, which also featured Soul Bossa Nova on its soundtrack.
Today, Jones is at the helm of his company Quincy Jones Entertainment which produced the popular television sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starring Will Smith. Jones is also the founder of Vibe Magazine and owner of the publication Spin.
He is also known for finding Tamia who during her time with Quincy Jones was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for her song You Put A Move On My Heart which can be found on Tamia's UK album version "Tamia" & on Q's Juke Joint album.
Even in Japan, popstar BoA released a single called Quincy in 2004 that was a "soul disco" song in homage to his legacy. (The single made it to #4 on the Japanese Oricon Charts.)
Berklee College of Music considers Jones to be its most successful alumnus, even though he only attended for a year. His original application for admission is housed in a display case at the school.
On September 19, 2005, Jones was honored at the Dance Music Hall of Fame ceremony when he was inducted for his many outstanding achievements as a producer. He was awarded the Polar Music Prize in 1994. Jones was portrayed by Larenz Tate in the 2004 biography about Ray Charles, Ray.
Quincy Jones is the eldest son of Quincy Delight Jones Sr. and Jones Sr.'s first wife, Sara. The younger Jones was raised in Chicago, Illinois and Washington state.
In 1974, Jones suffered a cerebral aneurysm that almost claimed his life. He underwent two major brain surgeries and spent half a year convalescing. He was advised never to play trumpet again as it might disturb the settings left in his head by the procedure.
Jones has been married three times, to Jeri Caldwell from 1957 to 1966, Ulla Andersson from 1967 to 1974, and Peggy Lipton from 1974 to 1990. He lived with the actress Nastassja Kinski from 1991 until 1997.
He has had seven children by the above four women, daughters Jolie Jones Levine and Rachel Jones by Jeri Caldwell, Martina Jones and son Quincy Jones III by Ulla Andersson, daughters Kidada Jones and Rashida Jones by Peggy Lipton and Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones by Nastassja Kinski.