Today Is Quincy Jones’ Birthday

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(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

Happy Birthday to legendary music producer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Quincy Jones[/lastfm]!!

And in celebration, Jack FM is making one of the hits he produced, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Michael Jackson[/lastfm]‘s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing),” our Song of the Day!!

Funny… nobody’s ever called us that.

Musically, he is a jack-of-all-trades.

With a career spanning five decades, Quincy Jones has done it all: played trumpet in a jazz band, released his own successful solo albums, composed numerous film scores and produced for such artists as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Frank Sinatra[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ray Charles[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ella Fitzgerald[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lesley Gore[/lastfm].

But his greatest professional achievement came in 1982 when he produced Michael Jackson’s album, Thriller.  Having previously worked with the King of Pop on 1979’s Off the Wall, the partnership of Jones and Jackson was one for the record books.  Thriller was a monstrous hit, selling nearly 100 million copies worldwide and winning an unprecedented eight Grammy Awards.  Seven of the album’s singles were Top 10 hits, including chart-toppers “Billie Jean” and “Beat It,” as well as Jack’s Song of the Day, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).”

In 2010, Quincy Jones once again donned his producer’s hat for Q: Soul Bossa Nova.  A tribute album featuring reinterpretations of songs Jones is associated with, Q: Soul Bossa Nova landed at No. 15 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums chart, proving he is still one of the music industry’s most powerful players.

Check out the video for the Quincy Jones-produced 1985 charity single “We Are the World.”  After all these years, Jack FM is still confused by Dan Aykroyd‘s involvement.

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