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Bremerton bewilders Los Angeles; Quincy Jones a Hall of Famer

Quincy Jones, who spent a fair chunk of his teenage years here in Bremerton, credited the “Sausalito of the Northwest” with helping him launch his lifelong affair with music. Charles R. Cross, writing for the The Seattle Times, quoted Jones as he made a speech Thursday at his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s how Cross described the ceremony, which this year took place in Los Angeles:

Oprah Winfrey made a surprise appearance to induct Quincy Jones. Though she didn’t talk about his Northwest connection, Quincy did, in a long, emotional speech.

“To me, that journey [in music] began in Bremerton,” he said. “You know Bremerton, Washington, don’t ya?”

Scattered applause followed but also bewilderment from many in the Los Angeles crowd.

I’m trying to get a copy of Jones’ speech. If I get one, or if I find a video of it I’ll post it here.

At the old Bremerton Beat blog we provided Jones’ telling of how he found music here. It’s a sweet story.

Bremerton: Quincy Jones, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Your move, Port Orchard.