Song of the Day, November 21: Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me by Quincy Jones featuring Patti Austin

QuincyPattiBetchaToday’s song is Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me. After launching his own label, Qwest, Quincy Jones owed A&M one last album. He assembled a jazz-pop masterpiece, showing off his musical instincts at their finest. Bringing in talent old and new, he crafted a sonic gem that helped launch the careers of Patti Austin and James Ingram.

Longtime friend Stevie Wonder contributed this track, co-written with Stephanie Andrews. Wonder also provides the great keyboard work. The star of the song is its vocalist, Patti Austin. Turning in a smoky performance, Austin makes the most of the song. It’s a nicely crafted do-you-really-love-anyone tune, wondering how its target could treat another person the way he’s treated the singer. On a disc full of hits and great performances, this is one of the standouts.

If you really cared about anyone else
I know you wouldn’t hurt me
If you cared about more than yourself
You wouldn’t walk out the door

Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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