Quincy Jones is an American record producer, musician, composer, and film producer. He is the first African-American to receive the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He has produced various albums of Michael Jackson like Off the wall, Bad, and the highest budget music video of 1982 Thriller.
Quincy Jones' Early Life & Education
Quincy Delight Jones Jr. was born on 14 March 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He is the first born son of Quincy Delight Jones Sr., a semi-professional baseball player and carpenter, and Sarah Frances a bank officer and apartment complex manager. Jones was introduced to music by his mother, who always sang religious songs.
Quincy Jones has four younger siblings, Richard A. Jones, Jeanette Jones, Lloyd Jones, and Waymond Miller. He has grown along with his brothers and sister in the middle-class family.
He belongs to black ethnicity under the birth sign Pieces.
Quincy studied at Seattle University in a scholarship and after the first semester transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston, again under a scholarship program.
The musician left his studies after he received an offer from Lionel Hampton to join his band for the tour as a trumpeter, arranger and pianist.
Quincy Jones' Career
Quincy Jones started his career with Lionel Hampton and tour Europe for the concert. Later, he played the second trumpet for the king of rock and roll Elvis Presley.
In 1975, he established Qwest Production and arranged and produced various albums of different artists, Frank Sinatra being one of them.
Likewise, he also produced Michael Jackson's Thriller which became the best selling album in the history of the music industry. He also produced Off the wall, Bad, and We Are the World for the victims in Ethiopia with the king of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Moreover, Jones has also given music in various movies, The Color Purple being his debut; he also received 11 Oscar nominations for his work in the movie. His other works include in The Pawnbroker, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Mirage, The Italian Job, The Hell with Heroes and many more.
He received various awards, some notable works are mentioned below:
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series Emmy Award 1977
- Best Instrumental Arrangements (Grammy Award) 1964
- Best Instrumental Jazz Performance (Grammy Award) 1970
- Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Grammy Award) 1972
- Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Grammy Award) 1982
- Legend Award (Grammy Award) 1992
- Best Music Film (Grammy Award) 2019
Quincy Jones' Relationship History
Grammy Award winner married Jeri Caldwell in 1957 and had a daughter named Jolie. The couple divorced in 1966.
Later, Jones married Swedish actress Ulla Andersson in 1967. They both shared two children, a daughter Martina and a son Quincy who is also a music producer. Quincy and his wife separated in 1974.
After getting a divorce from Ulla in 1974, he married American actress-model and singer Peggy Lipton, the same year. From this relationship, he has two children, Kidada Jones, and Rashida Jones. This marriage also didn't long last, and they divorced in 1990.
Quincy also had love affairs with various celebrities like Kimberley Conrad, Nastassja Kinski, Carol Reynolds and many more. He has seven children with five different women, five being from his marital relationship.
Quincy Jones' Net Worth
As of 2019, Quincy Jones net worth is estimated to be around $400 million. He earned his net worth as a producer, musician, composer, and film producer.
His work with Michael Jackson for the album Thriller remains the best selling album of all times, having sold over 66 million copies worldwide.
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