Quincy Jones

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  • Inducted by:
    Oprah Winfrey
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award
Quincy Jones


A Jack of all trades.

The saying goes “Jack of all trades, master of none,” but Quincy Jones excelled at every role he took on. A record producer, arranger, trumpeter and more, Jones has achieved distinction in practically every facet of the music industry.

Hall of Fame Essay


Ashley Kahn

Fortunate is the man who recognizes his calling when it first comes to him. Fortunate are we that that man is Quincy Jones. 

In his humble-roots-to-starry-heights memoir - he describes breaking into a military armory’s recreation center, outside of Seattle, in 1944, when he was 11. He was hungry and searching for food when he stumbled on a piano.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2013
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2013 Inductee Quincy Jones
He always is soaring ahead and doesn’t like to look backwards
Oprah Winfrey

Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage