Jones (better-known for his production
of several Michael Jackson records, and
has worked with stars such as Frank Sinatra
and Ella Fitzgerald) was handed the task
of producing the music score for The Italian
Job as director Peter Collinson wanted
to give the pennyless musician a chance.
Jones back in the 60's
Quincy had no job, no money and he and
his wife were expecting a baby, but he
was talented. So producer Michael Deeley
brought Quincy and his family over to
England and set then up in a flat in Marble
Arch and was commissioned hired.
production team were worried about the
last few minutes of the film as the editing
was a little choppy and Quincy was credited
in saving the film by creating a music
score that pulled it all together.
a Bloomin' Move On...
Highly regarded lyricist Don Black wrote
the lyrics for the two vocal tracks on
the score - On Days Like These and Get
a Bloomin' Move On. Matt Monroe sang On
Days Like These, as he was working with
Don Black at the time.
a Bloomin' Move On (or The Self-Preservation
Society as it is sometimes referred to)
originated from old East End tunes like
My Old Man's a Dustman. Quincy had a fascination
with Cockney rhyming slang, he found it
very funny and apparently created it for
the amusement of the production team.
years many fans of the film believe that
Michael Caine himself is performing the
lyrics on the infamous track, and in the
book 'The Making of The Italian Job',
the author Matthew Field conducts an interview
with Caine and he confirmed that he is
on the track with many of the other 'lads'
from the film!
Jones and Michael Caine became good friends
during the production and they still keep
in contact today, they even share the
same birthday, March 14th 1933!
Jones went on to be a highly successful
musician, working on over 1600 titles
spanning five decades, for more info,
visit his website: www.quincyjonesmusic.com
to Get a Bloomin' Move On as it appears
at the end of the film
Complete with Caine's
line "Hang on a minute lads, I've
gotta great idea... err.. err"