Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

Jones in 2012, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Quincy Delight Jones, Jr.

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 14, 1933

Ethnicity: African-American, with some English, Scottish, and Welsh

Quincy Jones is an American music, film, and television producer, instrumentalist, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, magazine founder, actor, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian.

He is the son of Sarah Frances (Wells) and Quincy Delight/Delightt Jones, a semi-pro baseball player. He has seven children; a daughter with his former wife, Jeri Caldwell; two children with his former wife, Swedish actress Ulla Andersson; a daughter with his former partner, Carol Reynolds; two children, actresses Kidada Jones and Rashida Jones, with his former wife, actress and model Peggy Lipton; and a daughter, model Kenya Kinski-Jones, with his former partner, German actress and model Nastassja Kinski.

Quincy is of African-American (West African/Central African) ancestry, with some English, Scottish, and Welsh, heritage.

Quincy’s paternal grandfather was named Caesar Jones. Caesar was born in South Carolina.

Quincy’s paternal grandmother was named Susannah/Susanna Burgess (the daughter of West Burgess and Adele, or of Osborne Burgess and Elizabeth). Susannah was born in South Carolina.

Quincy’s maternal grandfather was Love Adam Wells (the son of Nelson Wells and Sarah Campbell). Love was born in Mississippi.

Quincy’s maternal grandmother was Mary Belle Lanier (the daughter of James Balance Lanier and Cordelia Dickson). Mary Belle was born in Mississippi. James was white, and had mostly English, as well as Scottish and Welsh, ancestry; he was the son of Needham Burch Lanier and Eliza/Elizabeth Ann Warnock or Adams. Cordelia was the daughter of Henry Dickson and Minerva.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives (2006) stated that Quincy’s genetic ancestry is:

*66% Sub-Saharan African
*34% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Quincy’s African DNA matches the Tikar people of Cameroon, the Sukuma people of Tanzania, the Tonga people of Mozambique, and the Fang people of Equatorial Guinea.

Source: Genealogy of Quincy Jones – https://www.geni.com

12 Responses

  1. Multiethnicchick says:

    He’s mixed. Even more so than his daughters, and yet people are desperate to claim them as black.

  2. madman says:

    He has stated that his father was half Welsh. This is not true?


  3. GLXY says:

    CORRECTION: In his 2009 book , In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past., Henry Louis Gates wrote on page 55 more details about Quincy Jone’s african ancestry:

    He has DNA matches with the Tikar people in Cameroon, Sukuma people in Tanzania, Tonga people in Mozambique and Fang people in Equatorial Guinea

  4. slowdive says:

    Great music producer.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      @ Neilt

      Well you’re right Quincy deserves a lot of praise for everything his done in his career. However it was more of a combination of Michael and Q that made the songs great. A good song gone to the wrong person, might not take off. It was Michael Jackson charisma and talent that made him great. He got out there in front of those people and sang his ass off to make people love those songs. I’m not taking anything away from Q, his is the man.

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