1969: Quincy Jones builds studio

From the Army Archerd Archive

Feb. 10, 1969

GOOD MORNING: Quincy Jones and Ray Brown are building a music-recording studio. Jones explains it will not only be helpful in today’s scene where “The film media and pop music are converging. We also need a place to experiment” … Jones requires his own studio, judging by the sked: He just completed “Mackenna’s Gold” and “Italian Job” scores overseas, is here noting his fourth Sidney Poitier film, “Lost Man” (“Love of Ivy,” “Heat of the Night,” and “Slender Thread” preceded). “Man” will present a new type music, says Jones, because it’s also Poitier in a new bag … He follows with another offbeat music score for an equally different film, “Carol & Bob & Ted & Alice” … And Sidney Lumet paged Quincy last week to musick Tennessee Williams’ “Seven Descents of Myrtle,” which Gore Vidal will script. Lynn Redgrave, who appeared in Lumet’s “Deadly Affair,” will star. (Sister Vanessa was in his “Sea Gull,” you recall) … Quincy’s hoping to do a filmusical — not a B’way’er. He says, “The real medium is the screen.” 2009 update: Today Quincy continues to need his own studios — that’s plural — for all his creativity. He’s just returned from London where he celebrated sharing his 76th birthday with Michael Caine. “We do it every year,” Quincy beamed. “We’re ‘celestial twins'” In London, Jones also met up with David Beckham. “He told me before EVERY soccer game they play the theme, ‘Self-Preservation Society’ I wrote for ‘The Italian Job.'” In Engand Jones also met with Paul McCartney, having known the Beatles since their beginnings. And he says he also talked the state of the current music business with Andrew Lloyd Webber. He told his conclusions to the House of Lords. “It’s a mess.” He’s trying to “figure it out in the U.S. as well.” He continued his travels, celebrating his birthday in Cairo. But, he reminded, his main global activity is his children’s foundation. In 1995 he won the Jean Hersholt award having been nominated for Oscars (song and film) for “The Color Purple” and previous song nomination for “For Love of Ivy.” He was multi-Grammy nominated and won an Emmy for his score of the “Roots” series. Quincy’s non-stop career was halted in 1974 when he underwent two brain surgeries but he recovered to achieve an unequaled career in music for all media. “I think of all the things I would have missed,” Quincy mused — “mostly my children.” This week he met with fellow music titans like John Williams and is readying an album with Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder. And readying to score an Imax film in Brazil. It’s one of several more films he’ll do. If you think Quincy Jones was busy in 1969, you ain’t heard nothing yet.

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