I thought that Q was THE first black man to be a VP at any major American
company (I.E., not a black owned small business, but a large white dominated
company). Am I misinformed on this?
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From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
> 3. Mercury was cited as being very progressive in their hiring, which is
> true. My mother was one of the first female vice presidents of a major
> record label. Quincy Jones was also among the first black vice presidents
> of a major label. Norman Granz was responsible for many of Mercury's early
> jazz efforts in one way or another, so his attitudes were influential from
> early on. What was very progressive about Mercury was that the attitude
> was, whatever works. If it sold well and sounded good, the attitude was
> they didn't care who was doing it and people were rewarded in a
> meritocracy. I do not think one could say all labels, especially the
> majors, worked this way.