Quincy Jones: 20 Great Productions

From "It's My Party" to 'Thriller' and beyond, we survey an iconic career

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Lena Horne, 'The Lady and Her Music' (1981)

"Music is really emotional architecture," Jones said to Rolling Stone in 2017. "The main thing you have to keep in your mind is love, respect and trust." When it came to Lena Horne, his love, respect and trust went way back. On his 1961 album The Quintessence, Horne and her husband Lennie Clayton wrote the liner notes, even as they championed his entry into Hollywood's scoring ranks. Jones repaid the favor by titling a song on the album "For Lena and Lenny." Horne then starred as the Good Witch in 1978's The Wiz, with Jones as musical director and producer. So when it came time for Horne to record the cast album of her career-spanning Broadway revue Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, naturally Jones produced, lending it his newfound authority as one of the biggest producers in the industry. The album went on to win Best Cast Show Album at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards, a ceremony Jones hosted. "Lena Horne was one of the loves and legends of my life," he posted on Facebook in 2013, three years after her death. "I will always be the 'mister' to you as my loving 'sister.'"

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