1981 Quincy Jones – Just Once (US: #17)

1981_Quincy_Jones_Just_OnceJust Once is a 1981 single released from Quincy Jones’ album The Dude on A&M Records. The song features James Ingram on vocals, and reached number 17 on the Billboard chart in the summer of 1981.

On a television program interview, Ingram stated that this song was a $50 demo done by ATV Music, composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Quincy Jones called back and wanted Ingram to sing on his album.

The song is composed originally in the key of C major. The bridge modulates to the key of A flat major, moves to B major, and finally ends in D major.

The song featured in the 1982 film The Last American Virgin.




Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Robbie Buchanan
Keyboards David Foster
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Keyboards Ian Underwood
Sax Ernie Watts
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trumpet Chuck Findley
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Patti Austin
Vocals James Ingram

Produced By

Quincy Jones


Barry Mann
Cynthia Weil


US: #17
UK: –