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Quincy Jones, The Man Behind the Music

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Quincy Jones, who turns 75 this month, started his career as a trumpeter in Lionel Hampton's big band in the early '50s. But never became a noted instrumentalist. What made him famous and wealthy was his work as a record producer — perhaps, most notably, on the Michael Jackson megahit Thriller.

Jones' work spans from big bands through bebop, pop, movie soundtracks, TV themes and hip-hop. In addition to his work with Michael Jackson, he's arranged or produced recordings for Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, George Benson, James Ingram and Ice-T, and

This interview originally aired on November 5, 2001.

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