Quincy Jones: 20 Great Productions

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

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Patti Austin, 'Every Home Should Have One' (1981)

Patti Austin sang backups on George Benson's "Give Me the Night," but Jones was acquainted with her long before that. A child prodigy who first sang on the stage of the Apollo at four years old, she knew Jones since birth, thanks to her father, jazz trombonist Gordon Austin. Jones, in fact, is her godfather – and that family connection inevitably grew into a collaboration. Austin, with a respectable career already under her belt at the age of 31, worked with Jones on her 1981 album Every Home Should Have One. Jones's Midas touch held true, with the album's velvety duet between Austin and James Ingram, "Baby Come to Me," becoming a Number One single in 1982. Speaking to BlackAmericaWeb.com about her mentor, she called the music business "QU – Quincy University!" Not only did Jones produce Every Home Should Have One, he released it on his label Qwest Records – which also served as the home of everyone from Benson to Sinatra and New Order.

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