In the above chart, each bubble represents one of the 2,005 pages on which Quincy Jones is mentioned. Bigger bubbles indicate pages that appear more frequency in this dataset. For example, “Thriller” is central to Quincy Jones’ presence on Wikipedia and a common thread among all the places he’s mentioned.
Let’s look at the overall breakdown of the 2,005 pages on which he’s mentioned. About 677 pages pertain to people (roughly a third of the total), which speaks to his legacy as a frequent collaborator and producer for other musicians. This also includes indirect connections, such as when Amy Winehouse contributed a cover of “It’s My Party” to a tribute album or when Alicia Keys cited him as an influence.
About 750 pages are recordings, which includes albums, songs, and concerts (about 30% of the total). Among these pages, we find Quincy Jones’ discography as well as things he influenced, such as recordings that use samples of his work (e.g., on Watch the Throne, Ready to Die).
One glaring trend is the diversity in types of music. For example, Quincy Jones’ fingerprints are on so many of the recordings of Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra – two artists who spanned completely different generations and genres. And since Quincy’s roots are in jazz, he appears on countless topics related to the genre, such as Miles Davis, The Monterey Jazz Festival, and Jazz Rap. Among all 20th century musicians, there’s a strong case that his legacy has had an effect on the most facets of western music.
For more context on Quincy’s influences and roots in music, check out this interview with his son, where he discusses everything from hip hop samples to his brush with Kendrick Lamar: