This Day in Black History: Feb. 10, 1990

Quincy Jones

This Day in Black History: Feb. 10, 1990

Quincy Jones hosts an episode of Saturday Night Live.

Published February 10, 2015

Grammy winner Quincy Jones hosted Saturday Night Live's 121st episode during its 15th season on Feb. 10, 1990.

The episode is notable for having more than 10 musical guests — the highest number the show has seen in its 40-year run. Some of the guests included Sandra and Andrae Crouch, Big Daddy Kane, and acapella gospel sextet Take 6. Jones and his special musical guests performed his hit “Wee B. Dooinit” in front of the live studio audience.

Jones's SNL appearance included a Driving Miss Daisy skit where he played Hoke — Miss Daisy's chauffeur, originally played by Morgan Freeman. Instead of a comedic monologue, Jones celebrated Nelson Mandela’s release from prison with a performance of "Manteca" accompanied by the SNL band. 

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(Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Written by Brea C. Mosley


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