Quincy Jones Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


5th October 2016

Quote: "There are simply no words to express how heavy my heart is at the news of the passing of my friend, brother and colleague Rod Temperton... Rod was one of my go-to songwriters. He was one of the best, period... His creativity just never stopped. He had an excellent compositional instinct and wrote great music because he had absorbed it to such an extent that it just came straight out of him as if it were second nature." Quincy Jones pays tribute to songwriter sidekick Rod Temperton, who died in London last week (ends30Sep16).


18th March 2016

Tweet: "Happy Bday to the QUEEN! (Love) you honey. Wishing you a beautiful day filled with joy & laughter xxoo @IAMQUEENLATIFAH". Veteran music producer Quincy Jones sends a birthday wish to Queen Latifah as she turns 46 on Friday (18Mar16).


13th April 2015

Fact: Producer Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson picked through over 800 songs while trying to find the right mix of tunes for the King of Pop's classic Thriller album.


24th November 2014

Fact: Music veteran Quincy Jones has launched his own luggage line for luxury brand Maybach.


13th August 2014

Tweet: "Mourning the loss of the great Lauren Bacall. We laughed and loved all the way back to the days of The Rat Pack." Legendary producer Quincy Jones remembers his late pal following the Hollywood actress' death on Tuesday (12Aug14).


2nd May 2014

Fact: Legendary music producer Quincy Jones will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Seattle International Film Festival organisers. Jones will receive the accolade during the premiere of jazz documentary Keep on Keepin' On on 4 June (14).


19th December 2012

Fact: Legendary producer Quincy Jones is set to be honoured by The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing in a special pre-Grammys celebration. The music mogul will be feted alongside fellow producer/engineer Al Schmitt for their commitment to excellence at the An Evening of Jazz bash in Los Angeles on 6 February (13).


13th December 2012

Quote: "I'm turning 80 next year, so it's a great way to celebrate it." Producer and music mogul Quincy Jones will be celebrating his 80th birthday in style after learning he will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.


30th August 2012

Fact: Legendary producer Quincy Jones is set to be honoured at the 3D Film, Music and Interactive Festival (3dff) for his contributions to the entertainment industry. The three-day event will take place in Los Angeles from 20 September (12).


23rd November 2010

Quote: "He's just a rapper. There's no comparison. I'm not putting him down or making a judgement or anything, but we come from two different sides of the planet. I spent 28 years learning my first skill. I don't rap. It's not the same thing... No comparison. None." Veteran record producer Quincy Jones fires back at comparisons to controversial rapper/music producer Kanye West.


23rd November 2010

Quote: "I think in 10 months to a year, the record industry is going to be in trouble. Big trouble. It's all 95 or 99 per cent piracy." Veteran record producer Quincy Jones predicts a dismal future for singers and songwriters.


3rd February 2010

Fact: "They told me, 'You're doing Bob Dylan's part,' and I was like, 'You guys are real good comedians'." Lil Wayne was stunned when Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones asked him to re-record Dylan's line in the We Are The World charity anthem, which was taped on Monday night (01Feb10) to help raise funds for the Haiti earthquake relief effort.


31st January 2010

Quote: "I have two friends who are donating two $500,000 power generators. Another friend is going to rebuild the (presidential) palace. All his money, his crew and his design so they don't even have to think about it." Music mogul Quincy Jones on what inspired him to re-record his We Are The World anthem to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake relief effort.


8th October 2009

Fact: BREAK-UP, Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn's new album, was produced by music mogul Quincy Jones' grandson, SONNY LEVINE.


1st July 2009

Quote: "He bit a hole in my daughter's hand! Rashida's hand... She was a little girl and Bubbles bit her hand." Legendary producer Quincy Jones has mixed memories of pal Michael Jackson's beloved pet chimpanzee.


25th March 2008

Quote: "I was a mathlete. I used to take quizzes at lunch. Hopefully I've evolved a bit since then." Quincy Jones' actress daughter RASHIDA confesses she was a geek at high school.


21st March 2008

Fact: Music mogul Quincy Jones will receive an honorary doctorate from the University Of Washington. The 75-year-old will accept the degree after speaking at the university on 14 June (08).


4th December 2007

Fact: Astronaut LELAND MELVIN will take a copy of Quincy Jones' 1969 track WALKING IN SPACE to use as his `wake-up music' when Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday (06Dec07).


22nd November 2007

Fact: Teenage country sensation Taylor Swift has been given the job of announcing the Grammy Award nominations on 6 December (07). She'll be joined by Akon, Quincy Jones and Linkin Park. The 50th annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in February (08).


8th November 2007

Fact: Michael Jackson's P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING) hit was inspired by a collection of lingerie, called Pretty Young Things, that songwriter Quincy Jones' wife Peggy Lipton brought home, while the legendary producer was working on the THRILLER album.


23rd May 2007

Fact: Music legend Quincy Jones and moviemaker Brett Ratner are set to team up to make an ambitious documentary about Brazil's annual street carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The odd couple plan to make Carnaval 3D: The Magic + The Music as a three-dimensional big screen spectacular.


14th May 2007

Quote: "That's what it's about, man. I love beautiful women. All you've got to do is wake up and keep your eyes open." Veteran producer Quincy Jones enjoyed partying with Lindsay Lohan and Michelle Rodriguez in the Bahamas on Friday (11May07).


29th September 2006

Fact: All guests at hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri's recent 34th birthday party held at Quincy Jones' mansion received a Louis Vuitton credit card holder as a party favour.


26th September 2006

Fact: Quincy Jones transformed the tennis court on his Hollywood estate into a tented ballroom for producer Jermaine Dupri's 34th birthday party on Friday night (22SEP06).


8th August 2006

Fact: Music legend Quincy Jones has murdered model Molly Sims and is burying her body in the desert - in new Jimmy Choo print ads. Jones is pictured resting on a shovel while Sims is slumped dead in the trunk of his car. The stylish shots were taken by movie maker BRETT RATNER.


14th July 2006

Quote: "It took three birthday parties for us to admit we were turning 73." Quincy Jones and SIR Michael Caine - who were born almost simultaneously - struggle to deal with their increasing age.


14th July 2006

Quote: "People call me Ghetto Gump after the film, Forrest Gump, because I've always been in the right place at the right time." Acclaimed producer Quincy Jones shares the secret of his success.


14th July 2006

Quote: "Live every day like it's your last and one day you'll be right." Music mogul Quincy Jones reveals his pragmatic approach to life.


23rd June 2006

Quote: "I remember one time when she put me in charge of her dates. What a nightmare!" Legendary producer Quincy Jones remembers attempting to help friend NAOMI CAMPBELL sort out her many male suitors.


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