Friday, March 11, 2005

They Don't Go Platinum, They Go Aluminum

The title line wouldn't work very well in England. I believe our UK allies call it aluminium.

Who Am I? I have been nominated for 76 Grammy's, winning 26 times. I've won an Emmy and have received 7 Oscar nominations. I have written music for many, notably Ray Charles, Cannonball Adderly, and Duke Ellington. I penned the theme songs for Sanford and Son as well as The Cosby Show. I co-produced The Color Purple and produced The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I created VIBE magazine. I am probably most famous for producing Michael Jackson's Off The Wall and Thriller. If you guessed Quincy Jones, you are correct.

Just about every person with any interest into original samples, knows that the Pharcyde's wonderful "Passin Me By" sampled Q's "Summer In The City." I find it odd that most don't mention that the same song was sampled by The Roots for "Clones" and El Da Sensai for "Where Ya At (Dirty Summer Mix." Listen for yourself (at roughly 1:58 for Clones and 3:02 for Where?).

Quincy Jones: Summer In The City (link 1) (link 2)
The Roots: Clones (link 1) (link 2)
El Da Sensai: Where Ya At? (Dirty Summer Mix) (link 1) (link 2)

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At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To go even deeper into Q's past, he was a trumpet master in the big band era and went on to produce and arrange.

Check out It Might as Well Be Swing with Frank Sinatra and Count Basie, Reprise 1964. Jones arranged and conducted the orchestra with Ol Blue Eyes belting out classic swing standards.

I've got the Gold Edition CD of Thriller that has 10+ minutes of Q talking about production on the album. Not to mention a demo of Billie Jean and Vincent Prices acapella version of the Thriller rap, with a second verse!

And another aside, he had a habit of tapping hot models! His daughter Qadijja [sp] is a testiment to that.


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