Quincy Jones

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Non-Performer

Inducted in: 2013

Inducted by: Oprah Winfrey

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1994 (ranked #8 in the Non-Performers - Producers/Engineers category) .

Quincy Jones @ Wikipedia


31 comments so far (post your own)

How would Quincy Jones be inducted? Non-Performers category?

Here's the thing I don't get:

Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes, and Robert Miles are producers who release albums under their names, but other artists perform on their albums. When those artists songs chart on Billboard, the producer is credited, not the artists who are performing.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 09:40am

The name "Quincy Jones" sold records...especially the 80's, although "Soul Bossa Nova" (from the 60's) is the theme song to Austin Powers and he did a lot of theme music for TV shows, etc...

Sergio Mendes actually played piano on the earlier hits, I don't know about recently.

Posted by Terry on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 20:23pm

Yes, an amazing snub. I've had him listed on my own snubbed page for years. But then again, think about how long it took them to induct Gamble & Huff. Certainly, Quincy belongs, but who knows what the ignorant's at the Nominating Committee are thinking of.

Posted by Tom Lane on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 14:47pm

He deserves in as a producer, at the very least.

The only thing holding him back is the fact that he was too '80s.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.1.08 @ 07:40am

Too 80's !!! Quincy was making and producing music way before "Thriller". Check Wikipedia or All Music Guide. Do you remember the theme from "Sanford and Son" ???

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 04.1.08 @ 13:23pm

Whatever. I was basically meaning that his sound is too radically different to the comfy little niche that the Hall has developed (aka "60s!!! 60s!!!We love the 60s!!!)

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.1.08 @ 13:26pm

The main reason Q isn't in is the Hall because when asked to give the speech inducting Neshui Ertegun, he gave a drunken rant that was mostly about himself and rarely about the inductee he was there to present.

Posted by Jeff W. on Wednesday, 07.30.08 @ 23:24pm

Had no idea that was the case here. By all means let's keep a man out who worked w/ everyone from Jackson to FRANK SINATRA!!! Actually that's what they might be fearing... that letting Quincy in might open the doors for some non-rock performers. Of course now that Madonna's in...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 07.31.08 @ 06:06am

I'll tell you what. In the interest of fairness, let's have Cole Porter explain the rock universe to us (after all, he is an outsider):

Anything Goes

In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, now heaven knows

Anything goes (Britney, The J. Jackson/timberlake bit)

And writers who once knew much better words now only use four letter words writing their prose,

Anything goes (How bout all of hip-hop here)

The whole world's gone mad today,
And good's bad today (teen crap vs basically anything else)
And black's white today,
And wrong's right today (same as above)
And girls delight today in receivng letters from silly gigolos

And though I'm not a great romancer I just might become the answer to all of your woes (This is where Frank let's us know just how superior he is to it all)

Anything Goes!

I may have flubbed a word or two. Point is, when you can reinterpret the lyrics on a song that was written 80-90 yrs ago, THAT'S IMMORTALITY!!!
Of course we are letting in non-rock performers now, so... Paging Mr. Jones (courtesy of your 60's work w/ Frank)... and then...

If you don't like my version as written, go get Indiana Jones/Temple of Doom and listen to Kate Capshaw sing it in Chinese if you want... maybe you'll get something out of it then.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 07.31.08 @ 06:24am

"Of course we are letting in non-rock performers now"

Thanks Mr. Porter, but it's not just now. They always let non-rockers in. The doors were already wide open for Michael Jackson and Madonna when they inducted James Brown, Ray Charles & Sam Cooke. I don't think fear of a slippery slope, eventually leading to the induction of Jessica Simpson and Vanilla Ice, is the reason why Quincy is not in. It probably has more to do with a lack of interest in inducting non-performers. On average they only induct one person per year in the non-performer or the lifetime achievement category. Last year no non-performer was inducted, this year a duo. Producers have to share these categories with record executives, songwriters, instrument makers, disc jockeys and Dick Clark. For a non-performer, the chance to get in is very slim. Quincy Jones is one of the biggest snubs in this category, but he has competition from other notable snubs like Jesse Stone, Otis Blackwell, Tom Dowd, Lee 'Scratch' Perry...

Posted by The_Claw on Thursday, 07.31.08 @ 07:22am

So now we read that Quincy Jones can't get in because Wenner doesn't like the idea of him starting VIBE magazine? This is ridiculous from several standards. RS has a built-in audience that has followed the mag for yrs prior to Vibe. Of course had Wenner kept his ear to the ground hip-hop wise and covered it a little better, he may have kept the R & B audience that Vibe now has. Losing the young African-American audience hasn't apparently hurt Wenner's revenue streams, though I've no doubt he'd like to have as many subscribers as he could. There's simply no logic behind this. I believe I'm right in saying that Dave Marsh once wrote for Creem mag. in the 60's? If that's the case, what's he doing on the nominating committee? Creem was an actual threat to RS right at their moment of inception.

Hire someone who was formerly the enemy while you were most vulnerable, but exclude a guy for starting up a mag 30 yrs down the line after you've been established? I hope this story really isn't true.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 18:33pm

I still can't forgive old Quincy Jones for "We Are the World." Every time that song comes on the radio I wish i had a hammer nearby. Just one of my few pet peeves I guess

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 16:32pm

I'm not sure... He did produce Thriller but his music is a much more calm Jazz sound.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 08.1.10 @ 09:05am


So as far as talkin his "80's sound", that is completewly irrelevant to the naraative of his whole career!!! 50's, 60's, 70's, 80s, 90's... till now!!!

the man's place in the Hall is undeniable! period.

Posted by Ostee on Friday, 04.22.11 @ 05:07am


Bernie Lowe, Tom Dowd, John Simon, Arif Mardin, Phil Ramone, Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendez, David Foster, Jim Steinman, Bob Crewe, David Porter, Richard Barrett, Robert Blackwell, Carole Bayer Sager, Diane Warren, Bernie Taupin

Kal Mann and Dave Appell
Bert Berns and Jerry Ragavoy
Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong
Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy
Thom Bell and Linda Creed
Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 05.18.11 @ 07:04am

I am shocked he is not in!!!

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 03.22.12 @ 21:49pm

I was shocked but now I am numb he is not in.
All we can do is hope and see, My guess is he will be in!

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 03.31.12 @ 00:36am

Why is it so hard to find a speaker for Quincy Jones? Usher is performing for Quincy Jones. Lionel Richie should give the speech. I think something big is being planned.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 03.26.13 @ 10:17am

I have a feeling Jann Wenner is going to give the induction speech for Quincy Jones.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.2.13 @ 11:28am

It would make lots of sense if Jann Wenner gave the induction speech for Quincy Jones


01. 1987 Jerry Wexler
02. 1987 Ahmet Ertegun
03. 2006 Sex Pistols

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.4.13 @ 06:05am

Three days until the ceremony and still no word on who is presenting Quincy Jones. It's starting to look more and more like Jann Wenner.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 04.15.13 @ 07:52am

Still no word on who is inducting Quincy Jones. If Usher is performing, then it could be him, but the Rock Hall and Rolling Stone have not made it clear. That could only mean it's going to be Jann Wenner himself who presents Quincy Jones, or surprise, it's Janet Jackson or Lionel Richie.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.17.13 @ 23:33pm

Usher and Will Lee of David Letterman band to induct Quincy Jones?

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.18.13 @ 05:14am

I guess we are really going to have to wait for the ceremony to see who inducts Quincy Jones.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.18.13 @ 14:54pm

Oprah Winfrey for Quincy Jones!

Posted by Roy on Friday, 04.19.13 @ 00:36am

RIP Rod Temperton

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.6.16 @ 06:06am


Quincy Jones Call Beatles “Worst Musicians in the World”

Quincy Jones is not a fan of the Beatles.

Speaking to Vulture he said, "they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing mother$&@@$.. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about”

Jones arranged "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" from Ringo’s 1970 solo album Sentimental Journey. Jones says, “I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn’t get it. We said, 'Mate, why don’t you get some lager and lime, some shepherd’s pie and take an hour and a half and relax a little bit?' So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, 'George, can you play it back for me one more time?' So George did, and Ringo says, 'That didn’t sound so bad.' And I said, 'Yeah, mother$$@&$ because it ain’t you.'

When Lennon was asked if he thought Ringo was the best drummer in the world, John replied, "Best drummer in the world? He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles."

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 02.7.18 @ 17:05pm

What makes him feel like saying Stuff Like That?

Posted by joker on Wednesday, 02.7.18 @ 23:47pm

John Lennon never made the "Ringo is not the best Drummer in the group" comment.
This a well disputed myth.

Posted by Mark on Thursday, 02.8.18 @ 12:21pm


In Conversation: Quincy Jones

The music legend on the secret Michael Jackson, his relationship with the Trumps, and the problem with modern pop.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 02.8.18 @ 13:47pm


Quincy Jones on Michael Jackson, the Beatles, President Trump
Legendary record producer says he's impressed by Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Mark Ronson, in wide-ranging interview

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 02.8.18 @ 15:49pm

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