In 1981, Quincy Jones released The Dude, a monumental pop-soul album created with a stellar cast of singers, studio musicians and songwriters. Today, IGA (A&M) / Urban Legends is pleased to announce the 40th anniversary reissue of The Dude; available for pre-order now and available June 11, 2021.
Showcasing bold yellow vinyl with red / orange splashes, the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition reissue also features a lithograph of the iconic album cover art, a gatefold cover with an aluminum finish, and a newly remastered sound.
A single Standard Edition LP is also available, with a rocking gatefold cover and newly remastered sound.
The Dude was a commercial success, spending 81 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaking in third place.
He spawned three top 40 singles, including “One hundred ways”With James Ingram, who became Jones’ biggest hit as a solo artist.
The Latin-inspired dance number “Ai No Corrida” and the tender ballad “Just Once” were also ranked in the United States, while the horn “Razzamatazz” reached the highest rank on Jones’ UK charts in as a solo artist. Quincy Jones was named 1981 Grammy Producer of the Year.
The Dude was nominated for five Grammys, ultimately winning three: best instrumental arrangement, best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals, and best instrumental arrangement (accompanists).
“One day Henry Mancini and I were in an art gallery on Wilshire Blvd., and I saw a sculpture that just caught my attention. He was like, “Hey man, take me home. I want to be an album, I want to be a melody. I didn’t question it and bought the statue right away because it had an attitude like I had never seen before. It might sound crazy, but that’s what inspired the name of my 1981 album, The Dude, and you can see the silhouette of the sculpture on the album cover! I also discovered that the statue actually came from a farm in South Africa. The farm was not making any profit, so the owner asked a sculpture teacher named Fanizani Akuda (a member of the sculptural movement called Shona Sculpture) to come and teach his workers how to sculpt so they could make a living, and The Dude is one of the sculptures that Fanizani made on the farm! I have had The Dude since !! The album was then nominated for 5 Grammy Awards and won 3!
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Jones’ creative magic spanned over seven decades, beginning with the music of the post-swing era, and continuing to influence today’s high-tech international multimedia hybrids.
Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Jones was born March 14, 1933 in the South Chicago neighborhood and raised in Seattle.
Jones won the first of his 28 Grammy Awards for his arrangement of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Count Basie and continued to work with Basie on Frank Sinatra’s classic Sinatra At The Sands, which contains the famous arrangement of “Fly Me To The Moon”: the first recording played on the Moon by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, when he landed in 1969.
The laurels, awards and distinctions have been innumerable. Jones won an Emmy Award for his music for the opening episode of the Roots television miniseries; seven Oscar nominations; the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Prize from the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences; 28 Grammy Awards; a prestigious NARAS Directors’ Award; and the Grammy Living Legend Award.
He is the most nominated artist at the Grammy Awards with a total of 80 nominations.
In 2001 Jones was named the Kennedy Center Honoree for his contributions to the cultural fabric of the United States of America and was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master (the country’s highest jazz honor).
In 2010, Jones awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest artistic honor in the United States, and more recently, in 2016, Jones received a Tony Award in the category “Best Cover of a Musical” for the production of Broadway from The Color Purple.
The award completed the rare EGOT ensemble for Jones: an exclusive subset of artists who have received Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
There are only 21 EGOT recipients in history.
List of tracks:
- A1 Ai No Corrida 6:18
- A2 The guy 5:35
- A3 Just once 4:32
- A4 Betcha ‘wouldn’t hurt me 3:33
- B1 Something Special 4:03
- B2 Razzamatazz 4:20
- B3 Hundred Way 4:19
- B4 Velas 4:05
- B5 Activate action 4:17
Available June 11, 2021, for pre-order HERE
Photo credit: Quincy Jones Wikipedia.