Fast Facts

  • Befriended and played music with Ray Charles as a teen.
  • Began his career playing the trumpet professionally.
  • Became the first African-American to hold an executive position in a record company when he was appointed vice president of Mercury Records in 1964.
  • Had a near-fatal brain aneurysm in 1974.
  • Formed a working relationship with Michael Jackson while working on 1978's The Wiz; the two went on to collaborate on the hugely successful albums Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad.
  • Launched his own record label called Qwest Records in 1981.
  • Produced the all-star recording of "We Are the World" in 1985.
  • Published a memoir in 2001, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones.
  • Has composed more than 30 scores for motion pictures, most notably E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and The Color Purple (1985), starring Oprah Winfrey; he also provided her show's theme song.
  • Humanitarian efforts include the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation and the We Are the Future Project.
  • Has never learned to drive.

Awards

  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): Winner
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1983, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 1983, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1981, Grammy — Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Winner
  • 2006, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition: Nominee
  • 1971, Grammy — Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 1981, Grammy — Best Arrangement On An Instrumental Recording: Winner
  • 1990, Grammy — Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Winner
  • 1983, Grammy — Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Winner
  • 1985, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1990, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1978, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1990, Grammy — Best Jazz Fusion Performance: Winner
  • 1985, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1980, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1990, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1990, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Winner
  • 1969, Grammy — Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Large Group or Soloist with Large Group: Winner
  • 1981, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
  • 1963, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 2001, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Adaptation Score): Nominee
  • 1990, Grammy — Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Winner
  • 1981, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Winner
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song--Original for the Picture): Nominee
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1994, Oscar — Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Winner
  • 1993, Grammy — Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance: Winner
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Music Score): Nominee
  • 1981, Grammy — Best Cast Show Album: Winner
  • 1984, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1985, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
  • 1983, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee

Relationships

  • Jeri Caldwell — Ex-wife
  • Martina-Lisa Jones — Daughter
  • Rashida Jones — Daughter
  • Sarah Jones — Mother
  • Nastassja Kinski — Ex-significant Other
  • Ulla Andersson — Ex-wife
  • Quincy Jones III — Son
  • Rachel Jones — Daughter
  • Carol Reynolds — Ex-significant Other
  • Lloyd Jones — Brother
  • Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones — Daughter
  • Kidada Jones — Daughter
  • Peggy Lipton — Ex-wife
  • Quincy Delight Jones Sr. — Father
  • Jolie Jones — Daughter

College

  • Attended Seattle University, Seattle, WA; attended Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

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Details

  • Birth Name: Quincy Delight Jones Jr.
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Birthday: March 14, 1933, Pisces
  • Profession: Producer, Musician, Composer, Arranger
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