A 3 page proposal for inclusion of Quincy Jones in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Quincy Jones (b 1933) discovered music in elementary school, settling on the trumpet at about ten years of age and teaming up with Ray Charles as a young teen. He released his first album in 1956 and was well known in the industry before the rest of the world "discovered" him with the release of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album in the 1980s, which Jones produced. Quincy Jones more than only meets the basic criteria for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Quincy Jones (b 1933) discovered music in elementary school, settling on the trumpet at about ten years of age. "While barely in his teens, Quincy
befriended a local singer-pianist ... Ray Charles. The two youths formed a combo, eventually landing small club and wedding gigs" (Quincy Jones Biography). He had been in music -
as a performer, writer, arranger, producer - for nearly thirty years before coming to the attention of those outside the music industry. The rest of the world "discovered" Quincy
Jones with the debut of Michael Jacksons Thriller album (Jones) and now we propose that he be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Qualifications
There are two primary criteria for being included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The first is that a full quarter-century must have
passed since the release of the artists debut album. That was "This Is How I Feel about Jazz," released in 1956 (Gavin).
The second key criteria are the "influence and significance of the artists contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll" (Reighley). As a performer, Quincy Jones ventured
into rock and roll but focused more on jazz, pop and soul. His production capabilities are legendary, in no small part because of the genius behind Michael Jacksons Thriller,
Off the Wall and Bad. Thriller remains the best-selling album of all original material of all time. For his part in and
connection with countless music projects over the course of his career, Jones has been nominated for a Grammy award 77 times and has won the award 26 separate times (Gavin)