Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Quincy Jones

Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music; Quincy Jones; J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Executive Director of Berklee City Music
Left to Right: Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music; Quincy Jones; J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Executive Director of Berklee City Music

After a 60-year career, 27 Grammy awards, and millions of hit records, most people would be excited to retire. But after celebrating his 80th birthday, Quincy Jones is still enthusiastic about his career.

Jones was inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his numerous accomplishments as a producer, conductor, arranger, and composer.  His resume includes a Berklee College of Music education, 40 major- motion picture scores, his own record label, Qwest Records, and the best-selling album of all time, Thriller, which he produced for Michael Jackson.  Jones made history in 1964 when he was named Vice President of Mercury Records, the first African-American to hold an executive position in a white-owned company.

A recent article in the New York Times revealed that Jones is adding the title as “Manager” to his resume.  He is now the manager of three jazz musicians, one composer, and an Asian girl K-pop group. The article explains that he decided to manage new talent because “there is a woeful lack of musicianship in pop music” and “the recording industry is in an inexorable decline.”

Undoubtedly, Jones will continue to sell music in whatever medium he choses. The question is, where will his inspiration strike next?

Quincy Jones with the Berklee City Music All-Stars
Quincy Jones with the Berklee City Music All-Stars

Check out some of Quincy Jones’ music on our Rock and Roll Summer playlist, inspired by those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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