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Quincy Jones Tears Up Hearing Michael's Music

Quincy Jones Tears Up Hearing Michael's Music

Originally posted 06/29/2009 10:10AM

Quincy Jones – the prodigious producer behind some of Michael Jackson's biggest hits – grew emotional at a London event on Saturday hosted by Will.i.am as club night turned into a tribute to the late singer.

"He got very upset when Michael's music came on – at one point his head was in his hands," a patron of Club W in Wandsworth tells PEOPLE. The club had booked the Black Eyed Peas singer to deejay and perform with his band – which was minus Fergie.

The legendary Jones, 76, arrived at Club W after midnight, just as Will.i.am was playing Jackson's 1982 smash "Thriller." "It was a total coincidence," says the source, "but [Jones] loved the fact that people were going crazy on the dancefloor. Quincy seemed genuinely touched."

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Quincy Jones: Nicole Is 'Caught Up in Hoopla'

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Quincy Jones: Nicole Richie Is 'Caught Up in Hoopla'

Originally posted 12/15/2006 08:35AM

Music giant Quincy Jones hasn't spoken to his friend Lionel Richie's daughter Nicole since her arrest Monday morning, but he blames her troubles on the pressures of being in the public eye.

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Oprah, Norah Pitch In for the 'Future' | Quincy Jones

Oprah, Norah Pitch In for the 'Future'

Originally posted 05/14/2004 02:25PM

This Sunday in Rome, music giant Quincy Jones will present "We Are the Future," a free-to-the public charity concert intended to bring attention on the plight of children in such distressed and war-torn areas as Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Rwanda and the West Bank.

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