He’s been good to us: best Quincy Jones productions

Hi, Q! I didn’t even include your arrangements and conducting for the Count Basie Orchestra or Billy Eckstine, or your scores for In the Heat of the Night and The Color Purple. I can even devote a paragraph to your stewardship of New Order when they got an American label and genuine promotion. From The Wiz to Tevin Campbell, you’ve been involved in democratizing R&B: thanks to you, more (white) people listen to it without its losing a note of interest.

1. Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something
2. Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me
3. George Benson – Give Me The Night
4. Quincy Jones featuring Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge, and Barry White – The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)
5. Donna Summer – Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)
6. The Brothers Johnson – I’ll Be Good to You
7. Aretha Franklin – Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)
8. Patti Austin with James Ingram – Baby, Come to Me
9. Michael Jackson – Beat It
10. Quincy Jones ft. Patti Austin – Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me
11. Rufus – Do You Love What You Feel
12. USA For Africa – We Are the World
13. Sarah Vaughan – Days of Wine and Roses
14. Quincy Jones ft. James Ingram – Just Once
15. Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23

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