Produced: Michael Jackson, George Benson, Leslie Gore
Where to even begin with this one? 55 years in the business, 79 Grammy nominations, 110 million record sales (and that’s just for ‘Thriller’) – Quincy is about as legendary as they come. Yes he was the guy responsible for ‘Billie Jean’ but old QJ (as he’s known to his mum) did so much more than that. 33 film scores for a start, from writing The Italian Job to producing John Williams’ work on the E.T. soundtrack. Then there’s the illustrious trumpet-playing career, the philanthropic endeavours, the numerous “first African American to…” landmarks, and the desk/arranger duties for Andy Williams, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra. ‘We Are The World’? Yep, that was him too. But if he’s always pigeonholed as the guy that sprinkled magic onto the biggest-selling album of all time, it could be worse.