The first time he came to my home he said to me, “I’m getting ready to do my first solo record for Epic Records. Do you think you can help me find a producer?” I said, “I’ve got my plate pretty full right now trying to get this movie’s preproduction going, but I’ll think about it.” As we rehearsed the musical scenes for The Wiz, I became more and more impressed. He was always super-prepared. He showed up at 5 A.M. for his scarecrow makeup call and had every detail of what he needed to do memorized and ready for every shooting. He also knew every dance step, every word of dialogue, and all the lyrics of every song by everyone in the entire production. Part of his role was to pull little paper slips with proverbs from famous philosophers out of his straw chest. One afternoon as he rehearsed a scene, he kept mispronouncing the name of the Greek philosopher Socrates, which was in one of his lines. He kept referring to him as “Sow-cray-tees.” After three days no one had corrected him, so I pulled him aside during a break and whispered, “Michael, before it becomes a habit, I think you should know that the name is pronounced ‘Sock-ra-tees.’” 
He said, “Really?” 
What a reaction! He was so sweet about it. Those big eyes opened wide, and right then and there I committed: “I’d like to take a shot at producing your new record.” 
- Quincy Jones, The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2001)

The first time he came to my home he said to me, “I’m getting ready to do my first solo record for Epic Records. Do you think you can help me find a producer?” I said, “I’ve got my plate pretty full right now trying to get this movie’s preproduction going, but I’ll think about it.” As we rehearsed the musical scenes for The Wiz, I became more and more impressed. He was always super-prepared. He showed up at 5 A.M. for his scarecrow makeup call and had every detail of what he needed to do memorized and ready for every shooting. He also knew every dance step, every word of dialogue, and all the lyrics of every song by everyone in the entire production. Part of his role was to pull little paper slips with proverbs from famous philosophers out of his straw chest. One afternoon as he rehearsed a scene, he kept mispronouncing the name of the Greek philosopher Socrates, which was in one of his lines. He kept referring to him as “Sow-cray-tees.” After three days no one had corrected him, so I pulled him aside during a break and whispered, “Michael, before it becomes a habit, I think you should know that the name is pronounced ‘Sock-ra-tees.’” 

He said, “Really?” 

What a reaction! He was so sweet about it. Those big eyes opened wide, and right then and there I committed: “I’d like to take a shot at producing your new record.” 

- Quincy Jones, The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2001)

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