Quincy Jones Celebrates 85th Birthday in All-Star Event

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Oprah Winfrey, Gladys Knight, LL Cool J and Others Celebrate Quincy Jones’ 85th Birthday in Made-For-TV Special

by Dr. Eric J. Chambers | Entertainment News | Saturday, October 6, 2018

Respect and admiration was the theme at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday night, September 25, 2018 as dozens of celebrities participated in an all-star 85th birthday salute to veteran composer, producer and music legend Quincy Jones.

Oprah Winfrey, who first gained national fame as Sophia in the Jones-produced movie, The Color Purple, headlined the event. She made two on-screen appearances: one on stage and another from the audience standing next to the musical genius, as she paid homage to her longtime friend. 

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Oprah Winfrey received a standing ovation when she walked on stage at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
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The event chronicled some little known, surprising facts from Jones’ illustrious career including the life threatening brain aneurysm he suffered in 1974. His family believed he was dying and started planning a memorial service for him, which eventually took place. With his neurologist by his side, he attended the event with such stars as Richard Pryor, Marvin Gaye and Sidney Poitier.

Another little known, surprise story is that Jones’ first hit was Lesley Gore’s iconic mid-1960s song, “It’s My Party.” And another of her chart-toppers, “You Don’t Own Me” were two of the four, million copy songs he produced for her while he served as A&R director of Mercury Records. Jones also worked with such legendary artists as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra.

The evening’s music ranged from jazz to gospel to pop as Ne-Yo performed a couple of Michael Jackson’s songs including, “Human Nature” and “Rock With You,” as he had the crowd on its feet swaying from side to side. With his left foot in a walking boot after breaking it two days earlier, Ne-Yo declared, there was no way he’d miss this tribute, even if he lost his foot.

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Gospel Artist Dr. Yolanda Adams and Dr. Eric J. Chambers at Quincy Jones' 85th Birthday Celebration. 
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Gospel music great Yolanda Adams brought the house down with her soulful renditions of “Many Rains Ago” and “Oh, Lord Come By Here,” two staple songs from Jones’ Roots TV mini-series soundtrack. 

The orchestra, led by Greg Phillinganes, also included an amazing series of performances all night, including the music icon’s TV theme songs from Perry Mason and Sanford & Son, as well as movie music such as “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)” from The Color Purple, much to the delight of Oprah and pop singer Charlie Puth, who also attended the event.

Gloria Estefan and her daughter Emily, who is Jones’ goddaughter, performed a duet. Patti Austin, another of his goddaughters, performed her and James Ingram’s signature song, “Baby, Come To Me.”

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Pop singing sensation Charlie Puth and Dr. Eric J. Chambers pose before the Quincy Jones celebration.
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 Usher, Danny Glover, comedian Dave Chappelle, and rapper/actors, Ludacris, LL Cool J, and Will Smith were also among the celebrities who participated in the event. There were also performances by various other artists including, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Brian McKnight, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi, Gregory Porter and Meghan Trainor.

Veteran TV producer Kenneth Ehrlich, known for producing the Grammy Awards for over 30 years, served as executive producer of the Quincy Jones Celebration. Although Jones’ actual birthday was March 14th, this special tribute was recorded in September 2018 and will air in December 2018 on BET.

Photos by Dr. Eric J. Chambers / TheCutNetwork.com 

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