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Quincy Delight Jones II (born March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African-American record, television and film producer, musician and songwriter. Jones is especially well known for his work with Michael Jackson as the producer of Jackson's most famous albums (Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad).
Jones got his start playing along with the slightly older Ray Charles in the jazz clubs of what is now known as the Pioneer Square district of Seattle, Washington. He got his first break as a trumpeter for the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1951. Throughout the 1950s, he became a skilled arranger and led many small bands.
In 1960, he was hired by Mercury Records as the first black vice president of a major record label. When jazz became less popular, he was asked to produce some pop singles; his first was the hit It's My Party by Lesley Gore.
During the 1970s Quincy began producing more pop and less jazz. This drew criticism that he was "selling out".
Jones also produced the "We Are The World" single in the mid 1980s.
His television production credits include The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and his film production credits include The Color Purple. He has won 26 Grammy Awards and received Kennedy Center Honors in 2001.
Jones married Jeri Caldwell (1957 - 1966), model Ulla Anderson (1967 - 1974), and actress Peggy Lipton (1974 - 1990). He lived with actress Nastassja Kinski from 1991 until 1997. He has seven children. He has two daughters with Peggy Lipton: style icon Kidada Nash and actress Rashida Jones .
- Photo gallery, interview and online video at Achievement.org
- Exodus.ogg of "Exodus" from We Had a Ball
- IMDb - Quincy Jones
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