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August 1981

Quincy Jones


"Just Once" (1981)
"Razzamatazz" (1981)

Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil

"Just 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.


History and composition

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 was featured in the 1982 film The Last American Virgin.


  • Trumpet – Jerry Hey
  • Backing Vocals – Patti Austin
  • Bass – Abraham Laboriel
  • Electric Piano, Synthesizer – Greg Phillinganes
  • Lead Vocals – James Ingram
  • Piano, Electric Piano – David Foster
  • Piano, Synthesizer – Robbie Buchanan
  • Saxophone, Flute – Ernie Watts, Kim Hutchcroft
  • Trombone – Bill Reichenbach
  • Trumpet – Chuck Findley
  • Cover versions

  • The Main Ingredient (1981)
  • Miguel Martin (1995)
  • Martin Nievera (1999)
  • Jaya Ramsey (2007)
  • Gary Valenciano (2012)
  • Taylor Hicks (2006)
  • References

    Just Once Wikipedia

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