By Jon Fortt
July 31, 2007

Producer Quincy Jones launched his new digital efforts Tuesday with a video podcast that documents a studio collaboration with Celine Dion. In the video, Jones compares Dion to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, and jokes with her about how loudly she should sing a line in the song, “I Knew I Loved You”. The video is embedded at quincyjones.com.

From the release:

In the debut video podcast episode, Quincy is in the studio producing Celine Dion’s version of I Knew I Loved You, recorded for the tribute album We All Love Ennio Morricone and slated for inclusion on Dion’s upcoming Greatest Hits album. The song was originally the instrumental theme of the 1984 film Once Upon a Time in America, starring Robert DeNiro. Quincy asked his close friends, veteran lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman to pen lyrics for the song for Celine. The new Quincy-produced version was first performed publicly by Celine on this year’s Academy Awards telecast to an audience of more than a billion viewers worldwide, and paid tribute to Morricone who was feted with an honorary Oscar. The video podcast allows viewers to experience the recording and production process with Quincy and Celine and hear Quincy sharing candid and personal thoughts on the project.

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