Thursday, March 27, 2008

This Could Not Be Much Better

I graduate from the University of Washington in June and today I found out who my commencement speaker will be...let me give you some hints:

1. He has been nominated for 79 Grammys.
2. He has won 29 Grammys.

3. He was the producer for the largest selling album of all time [worldwide totals].
4. He is tied as the most nominated African-American in the history of the Academy Awards [seven nominations].
5. Wrote songs for Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa, and Ray Charles.
6. Discovered Lesley Gore and produced "It's My Party."
7. Organized and produced "We Are The World."

and most importantly
8. He wrote the Sanford & Son theme song...

Here's the info:
Quincy Jones, a distinguished musician, composer, producer, arranger and conductor for more than six decades, will be the University of Washington commencement speaker June 14 in Husky Stadium.

Jones, who was raised in Seattle, also will receive an honorary doctorate from the UW. The awarding of this degree was approved today by the board of regents.

Quincy Jones -- Sanford & Son Theme
From Quincy Jones: 20th Century Masters.

Quincy Jones -- Soul Bossa Nova
From the Big Band Bossa Nova album.

Quincy Jones -- Soul Bossa Nova [Dim's Space a Nova]

From the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Quincy Jones -- Something's Cookin'
From the soundtrack to the original The Italian Job staring Michael Caine.