April 27

In between Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall and Thriller, while producing six other albums and working up the score for E.T., Quincy Jones found time to compose, perform, produce and release a top ten triple Grammy winning record, The Dude.

This was the album that first subjected us to James Ingram (of Yah Mo B There fame) that we would have to endure for the next two decades. The single from The Dude, One Hundred Ways, netted Ingram the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Here’s James winning zero awards for his lip-syncing skills on Soul Train:

The Dude is a great sounding record, has a ton of great players on it and was really fun to listen to. I even got to slow dance to Just Once, that was a bonus!

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