On this day in music history: March 13, 1981 -…

On this day in music history: March 13, 1981 – “The Dude”, the forty third album by Quincy Jones is released. Produced by Quincy Jones, it is recorded at Westlake Audio in Los Angeles, CA and RKM Studios in Brussels, Belgium from April 1980 – January 1981. Taking its title from a piece of African inspired folk art (featured on the front cover), the veteran producer and arrangers first studio album in nearly three years features a group of top notch star and studio musicians that include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Jean “Toots” Thielemans, Louis Johnson, John Robinson, David “Hawk” Wolinski, Greg Phillinganes, David Foster, Ernie Watts, Steve Lukather, Abraham Laboriel, Ian Underwood, The Seawind Horns, and Paulinho DaCosta. Vocalists on the set include Patti Austin, former Wattsline vocalist Charles May, and introduces James Ingram. The album features material written by Rod Temperton, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Stevie Wonder to name a few. Proceeded by the single “Ai No Corrida” (#10 R&B, #28 Pop) (originally recorded by co-songwriter Chas Jankel in 1980) released two months prior, the album is major critical and commercial success upon its release. It spins off three more singles including “Just Once” (#11 R&B, #17 Pop, #7 AC), “Razzamatazz” (#17 R&B), and “One Hundred Ways” (#10 R&B, #14 Pop, #5 AC). It is nominated for a record twelve Grammy Awards, winning a total of five including Best Instrumental Arrangement, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s), and Producer Of The Year in 1982. The track “Velas” featuring Belgian guitarist, whistler, and harmonica virtuoso “Toots” Thielemans is later sampled by R&B group Jodeci for their hit single “Get On Up” in 1996. “The Dude” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number three on the Jazz chart, number ten on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.