Quincy Jones' 20 Greatest R&B Albums

Quincy celebrated his 83rd birthday on March 14, 2016

Born March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, Quincy Jones has received 27 Grammys in his phenomenal career, and earned a record 79 Grammy nominations. His awards include an Emmy, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jones began his career as a teenager playing trumpet with Lionel Hampton, Later, he worked as an arranger and conductor for more legends including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington. He also recorded with Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sammy Davis Jr.

After establishing himself as the premier music producer, "Q" became a very successful media mogul, including founding Vibe magazine, and producing movies and television series. He launched the acting careers of Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple). Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), and LL Cool J (In The House). He has also produced the Grammy Awards and The Academy Awards, as well as scoring over 30 films.

Jones has released over 35 albums as an artist, and produced countless hits for other stars, including Michael Jackson. Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and George Benson, as well as the superstar charity single, "We Are The World." His early career was devoted to jazz, and he began incorporating R&B into his music in the 1970s.

Here are "Quincy Jones' 20 Greatest R&B Albums."

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1981 - 'Every Home Should Have One' by Patti Austin

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Quincy Jones and Patti Austin. Louis Myrie/WireImage

Quincy Jones produced the 1981 Every One Should Have One album recorded by his goddaughter, Patti Austin. It featured the Billboard Hot 100 number one duet "Baby Come to Me" with James Ingram.

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1984 - 'it's Your Night' by James Ingram

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Patti Austin and James Ingram. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

James Ingram played keyboards for Ray Charles until Quincy Jones  signed him to Qwest Records as a solo artist. Jones produced his 1983 debut solo album It's Your Night which earned Ingram four Grammy nominations. He won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for "Yah Me B There" with Michael McDonald. The album also included the Patti Austin duet "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" (featured in the movie Best Friends) which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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1982 - 'Donna Summer' by Donna Summer

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Donna Summer. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Quincy Jones produced one album for Donna Summer, her self-titled release in 1982. It featured the top ten single "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)" which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Summer was also nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Protection." Another song, "State of Independence," featured Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, and James Ingram with Eric Clapton on guitar.

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1993 - T.E.V.I.N.' by Tevin Campbell

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Tevin Campbell. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey discovered singer Tevin Campbell, and Quincy Jones signed him to his label, Qwest Records, when Campbell was 13 years old. Jones introduced Campbell in 1989 on his Back On The Block album. The teenager hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart with the single, "Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)." Jones produced his 1991 debut album T.E.V.I.N. along with Prince, Narada Michael Walden, Al B. Sure, and Arthur Baker. The album featured the number one R&B hits "Tell Me What You Want Me to Do" and "Alone With You." Campbell received two Grammy nominations for the album.

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1980 - 'Light Up the Night' by The Brothers Johnson

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Louis Johnson and George Johnson. Echoes/Redferns

In 1980, Quincy Jones produced The Brothers Johnson fourth consecutive platinum album Light Up the Night featuring the number one R&B hit "Stomp." It was his final production for the duo.

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1978 - 'Blam!' by The Brothers Johnson

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Louis Johnson and George Johnson. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In 1978, Quincy Jones produced The Brothers Johnson third consecutive platinum album Blam! which reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart.

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1977 - 'Right On Time' by The Brothers Johnson

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Louis Johnson and George Johnson. Echoes/Redferns

The Brothers Johnson 1977 second album Right On Time, produced by Quincy Jones, was certified platinum and reached number two on the Billboard R&B chart. It featured the number one single "Strawberry Letter 23," and the Grammy Award winner for Best R&B Instrumental Performance, "Q."

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1976 - 'Look Out for #1' by The Brothers Johnson

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Louis Johnson, Quincy Jones, and George Johnson. Echoes/Redferns

Quincy Jones discovered guitarist/vocalist George Johnson, and his brother, bass player Louis Johnson, playing in Billy Preston's band, and he featured them on his 1975 Mellow Madness album. "Q" signed them to A&M Records and produced four consecutive platinum albums, beginning with Look Out for #1 in 1976. The album featured the number one R&B single, "I'll Be Good to You," which Jones later re-recorded with Ray Charles and Chaka Khan on his Back On The Block CD.

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1973 - ' Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)' by Aretha Frranklin

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Quincy Jones and Aretha Franklin. Rick Diamond/WireImage

Quincy Jones produced one album for Aretha Franklin, Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) in 1973. It included one of her classics, the number one R&B single, "Angel."

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1979 - 'Masterjam' by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

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Chaka Khan and Quincy Jones. Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

The 1979 Masterjam album by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart, and "Do You Love What You Feel" also hit the top of the singles chart. Quincy Jones produced the album, which was released one year after Khan made her solo debut with the album Chaka in 1978.

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1980 - 'Give Me The Night' by George Benson

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Quincy Jones and George Benson. Echoes/Redferns

George Benson won three Grammy Awards for his 1980 album Give Me The Night produced by Quincy Jones. He was honored for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male (title song), Best R&B Instrumental Performance ("Off Broadway"), and Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male ("Moody's Mood"). The album was certified platinum and reached the top of the Billboard R&B and jazz charts. Jones won a Grammy for Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the song "Dinorah, Dinorah."

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1975 - 'Mellow Madness' by Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones and Frank Sinatra. Steve Granitz/WireImage

Mellow Madness by Quincy Jones was a number one jazz album in 1975 and also reached number three on the Billboard R&B chart. It featured Minnie Riperton, and introduced Jones' new proteges, The Brothers Johnson (guitarist/vocalist George Johnson and bass player Louis Johnson).

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1974 - 'Body Heat' by Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones. Jim McCrary/Redferns

Quincy Jones reached the top of the Billboard R&B and jazz charts with his 1974 album, Body Heat. It featured vocals by Minnie Riperton and Al Jarreau, and the list of musicians included Billy Preston, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, and Hubert Laws.

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1978 - 'Sounds...& Stuff Like That!!' by Quincy Jones

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Lena Horne and Quincy Jones. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Quincy Jones hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart with the title song from his 1978 album, Sounds...and Stuff Like That!! Chaka Khan and Ashford and Simpson sang lead on the song. The album also featured Luther Vandross, Patti Austin and the great jazz keyboard players Herbie Hancock and Bob James.

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1995 - 'Q's Jook Joint' by Quincy Jones

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Kennedy Center Honorees Van Cliburn, Julie Andrews, Jack Nicholson, Luciano Pavarotti, and Quincy Jones. POOL/Getty Images

Quincy Jones continued his theme from Back on The Block of combining the greatest in R&B, jazz and hip-hop on his 1995 album, Q's Jook Joint

R&B stars: Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Barry White, Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Babyface, R. Kelly, Brandy, Charlie Wilson, Ashford and Simpson, Brian McKnight, and SWV.

Jazz stars: Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, Nancy Wilson, James Moody, and Take 6.

Hip-Hop stars: LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, and Heavy D.

Pop stars: Bono from U2, Phil Collins, and Gloria Estefan.

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1981 - 'The Dude' by Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones and Oprah Winfrey. Barry King/WireImage

Quincy Jones' 1981 album The Dude won three Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the title song which featured Michael Jackson and James Ingram. Ingram won a Grammy for Best Male R&dB Vocal Performance for "One Hundred Ways", and was also nominated for Best New Artist. Stevie Wonder was also featured on the album.

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1989 - 'Back on The Block' by Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Quincy Jones' 1989 Back On The Block won seven Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. It is one of the most versatile albums in history, living up to the lyrics of the title song, "Back, on the block, so we can rock with the soul, rhythm, blues, be bop and hip-hop." Jones brought together the superstars of R&dB, hip-hop and jazz with one of the most incredible artist lineups ever, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick. and Barry White. "Q" masterfully blended the legends with hip-hop stars Grandmaster Melle Mel, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, and Kool Moe Dee.

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1987 - 'Bad' by Michael Jackson

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Quincy Jones attends a press conference for Michael Jackson's 'Bad' album in1987. Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Michael Jackson's Bad, produced by Quincy Jones, made history in 1987 as the first album to have five consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (with Siedah Garrett), the title track, "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana." It has sold 45 million copies worldwide.

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1979 - 'Off The Wall' by Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. Barry King/WireImage

Off The Wall in 1979 was the first of three albums Quincy Jones produced for Michael Jackson. They previously worked together on The Wiz soundtrack. The album has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and was the first solo LP to contain four Billboard Hot 100 top ten hits: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (double platinum)," "Rock With You (platinum)," "She's Out Of My Life (gold)," and the title song (gold). Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney were among the composers for the album.

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and the album also earned three American Music Awards for Jackson. Off the Wall was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

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1983 - 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards held on February 28, 1984 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Barry King/WireImage

Michael Jackson's Thriller is the best-selling album of all-time with over 65 million copies worldwide. It earned a record eight Grammy Awards in 1984 including Album of the Year, and an additional eight American Music Awards. Thriller was produced by Quincy Jones who also produced Jackson's Off The Wall and Bad albums.

The album was number one on the Billboard 200 chart for 37 weeks and remained in the top 10 for 80 consecutive weeks. It was the first album to contain seven Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles.

On February 19, 1982, Thriller was induced into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame. Also in 2008, the Library of Congress officially entered the album into the National Recording Registry.