Quincy Jones
Legendary jazz/R&B/pop musician/composer and songwriter Quincy Jones arranged the score fot the opening theme song for "Sanford and Son", titled "The Streetbeater".
Vital Information
Gender: Male
Birthname: Quincy Delight Jones, Jr.
Born: (1933-03-14) March 14, 1933 (age 85)
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Musician, Conductor, record producer, Arranger/Composerr, [ film score composer, actor
Years active: 1951–present
Family/Personal information
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Episodes appeared in: composed theme song for Sanford and Son ("The Streetbeater")
Sanford and Son retro Wiki Script

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. (born March 14, 1933) composed the score for the opening theme song for Sanford and Son which was titled "The Streetbeater". An equally talented record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, and trumpeter, Quincy's career has spanned nearly six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations,[1] 27 Grammys,</ref> including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.

In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song; "The Eyes of Love" from the Universal Pictures film Banning. That same year, he became the first African American to be nominated twice within the same year for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the music of the 1967 film In Cold Blood. In 1971, Jones would receive the honor of becoming the first African American to be named musical director/conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. He was the first African American to win the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1995. He is tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the most Oscar-nominated African American, each of them having seven nominations. At the 2008 BET Awards, Quincy Jones was presented with the Humanitarian Award. He was played by Larenz Tate in Ray, the 2004 biopic about Ray Charles, which starred comedian/actor/singer/musician Jamie Foxx.

In addition, Jones was the producer of the album Thriller, by pop icon Michael Jackson, which has sold more than 110 million copies worldwide,[2] and was the producer and conductor of the charity song “We Are the World”.

Quincy was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as the winner, alongside Lou Adler, of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.[3]


  1. Fortune test drives a Mercedes Maybach with Quincy Jones — February 5, 2007 ,, 2007-01-28, accessed 2009-07-18.
  2. Jacko's Back! | MTV UK,, 2006-11-16, accessed 009-07-18.
  3. Public Enemy, Rush, Heart, Donna Summer to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | The Music Mix |, ny Hillary Busis for 2012-12-11, accessed 2012-12-13