The Dude (Quincy Jones album)

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The Dude
The Dude Quincy Jones.jpg
Studio album by Quincy Jones
Released March 26, 1981 (US) (LP)
October 25, 1990 (US) (CD)
Recorded 1981
Studio Westlake Audio (Los Angeles, California)
Length 41:02 (CD) (LP)
Label A&M
Quincy Jones chronology
Sounds...and Stuff Like That!!
(1978)Sounds...and Stuff Like That!!1978
The Dude
Back on the Block
(1989)Back on the Block1989
Singles from The Dude
  1. "Ai No Corrida"
    Released: March 1981
  2. "Just Once"
    Released: September 1981
  3. "One Hundred Ways"
    Released: December 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The Dude is a 1981 studio album released and recorded by Quincy Jones. The album produced three U.S. Top 40 hits and features the debut of vocalist James Ingram on the singles "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways," which reached No. 17 and 14, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. ("One Hundred Ways" was sampled by MF Doom for the track "Rhymes Like Dimes," from his debut solo album, Operation: Doomsday.) The Dude also contains "Razzamatazz," which reached No. 11 on the UK Singles Chart, one of Jones's few hits in that country. Belgian harmonica player and puccaloist Toots Thielemans appears on the instrumental track "Velas," later sampled by Jodeci on their 1996 single "Get On Up"[2], as well as by producers Shut Up and Dance for the track "Waking Up," which appeared on Nicolette's first album, Now Is Early.

The Dude won three Grammy Awards, one for Best Instrumental Arrangement, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Instrumental Arrangement (Accompanying Vocalists) and also earned Ingram three Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just Once" and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "One Hundred Ways", for which he won at the 24th Grammy Awards in 1982. The album was nominated for a total of twelve Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.[3]

The album gained heavy dance airplay for the songs "Ai No Corrida," a cover of Chaz Jankel's song, and "Razzamatazz," written by Rod Temperton and featuring vocals by Patti Austin. "Ai No Corrida" was the lead single from the album, reaching No. 28 on the Top 40.

"Just Once" was featured in the 1982 film The Last American Virgin.

The Dude contains production and piano by Canadian producer David Foster.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriter(s) Guest(s) Time
1 Ai No Corrida Chaz Jankel, Kenny Young Dune (a.k.a. Charles May), Patti Austin 6:18
2 The Dude Rod Temperton, Patti Austin James Ingram, Michael Jackson 5:35
3 Just Once Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil James Ingram 4:32
4 Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me Stevie Wonder, Stephanie Andrews Patti Austin, Stevie Wonder (synth solos) 3:33
5 Somethin' Special Rod Temperton Patti Austin 4:03
6 Razzamatazz Rod Temperton Patti Austin 4:20
7 One Hundred Ways Kathy Wakefield, Ben Wright, Tony Coleman James Ingram 4:19
8 Velas Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins Toots Thielemans 4:05
9 Turn On the Action Rod Temperton Patti Austin 4:17


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  2. ^ Jodeci. “The Show, The After-Party, The Hotel” (Album Notes). Uptown Records / MCA Records. 1995.
  3. ^ Gonzales, Michael A. 'The Dude': Remembering Quincy Jones’ Most Important Album Ever Ebony. April 5, 2016

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