Quincy Delightt Jones Jr., (born March 14, 1933) is an American arranger, composer, conductor, record producer, and film music composer born in Chicago, Illinois. He is particularly recognized as the producer of the album Thriller, by pop icon Michael Jackson, which has sold more than 110 million copies worldwide, more than any other album ever, and as the producer and conductor of the No.1 charity song “We Are the World”. He has been nominated for 79 Grammy Awards. He has won 27 Grammy Awards. This is more than any other artist who is alive. He has been nominated for 7 Academy Awards.
In 1990 Jones made his own company, Quincy Jones Entertainment, which produced The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He joined the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. He has seven children from five different mothers. His daughter Rashida Jones is an actress.
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Jones played trumpet on Dizzy Gillespie's 1954 album Afro. Quincy Jones' first album, This Is How I Feel About Jazz, was released in 1957 on ABC Records. Jones met Michael Jackson when they worked on the 1978 movie The Wiz. He produced Michael Jackson's 1979 album Off the Wall. He produced Jackson's 1982 album Thriller. The album won eight Grammy Awards in 1984. He produced the 1985 movie The Color Purple. The last Jackson album he produced was Bad. Bad was released in 1987. It sold 30 million copies. Jones sued Jackson's estate in 2013 for 10 million dollars. In 1994 Jones won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In 2010 Q Soul Bossa Nostra was released. Many famous musicians sung on it, including Amy Winehouse.