Quincy Jones Receives French Honor

Tuesday, March 27th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(PARIS) - Gold records are nice, but Quincy Jones has a new international honor.

The Grammy-winning producer, arranger and composer has been named a commander of the French Legion of Honor by French President Jacques Chirac.

The ceremony took place Monday at the presidential palace.

Jones, who was named to the Legion of Honor in 1990, is the 32nd American and the first United States-born musician to have achieved the status of commander.

The 68-year-old has achieved international stardom with such credits as ``We Are the World'' and Michael Jackson's best-selling album ``Thriller.''

He went to France in the 1950s to study composition with famed piano teacher Nadia Boulanger, and later worked with some of the nation's top musical talents, including Charles Aznavour and Michel Legrand.