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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Promoter
Music Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Favorite Quote:
You Can't Use Yesterday's Ball Scores In Today's Ball Game.

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1948
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Promoter
Music Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Favorite Quote:
You Can't Use Yesterday's Ball Scores In Today's Ball Game.

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1948
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Fred Jones, Jr., has devoted his life to entertaining others. Born January 2, 1948, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lula and Freddie, Jones was the fourth of five children. He attended public schools in Memphis and then went on to earn his B.A. in 1971 from the University of Memphis.

While at the University of Memphis, Jones worked for Union Planters Bank as an internal auditor and assistant branch manager. Following graduation, however, Jones moved into the entertainment industry, working as a tour manager for Isaac Hayes until 1975. Jones then went on to do independent promotions, managing and producing events, for many in the entertainment industry. In 1984, Jones founded Summitt Management Corporation, where he currently serves as president.

During his career, Jones has created numerous entertainment promotions, including the Southern Heritage Classic Music and Football Weekend and the Southern Heritage Classic 2 Basketball Weekend, featuring ever-popular competitions among historically black colleges and universities. He also created the world-renowned Memphis Blues Festival. Jones has also brought Memphis some of its largest concerts and has taken concerts to African American audiences across the country.

Jones has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years, including the 2002 Award of Excellence from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund; the 2002 African American Male Image Award for Business from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; the 2000 Outstanding Community Sales Award from the Sales and Marketing Executives of Memphis; and the 1996 Black Business of the Year Award from the Memphis Black Business Association. He is active in a number of civic organizations, including as a lifetime member with the NAACP, a member of Leadership Memphis, and as President of the Southern Heritage Foundation.

Jones and his wife, Carolyn, live in Memphis. They have six children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Fred Jones lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Fred Jones describes his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Fred Jones talks about his family's history of sharecropping and migration
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Fred Jones talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Fred Jones talks about his respect for his father and his father's generation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Fred Jones talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Fred Jones talks about his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Fred Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Fred Jones talks about how his childhood neighborhood has changed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Fred Jones talks about his childhood and teachers from his grade school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Fred Jones talks about his childhood dream of becoming an accountant
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Fred Jones talks about playing sports in high school and meeting Olympians Wilma Rudolph and Bob Hayes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Fred Jones talks about joining his junior high honors society and learning to play music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Fred Jones talks about the plane crash that killed four members of the Bar-Kays and Otis Redding
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Fred Jones talks about his decision to attend Memphis State College in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Fred Jones talks about the Vietnam War draft and his first job
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Fred Jones talks about how he got a job at Union Planters Bank in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Fred Jones talks about his reaction to the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Fred Jones talks about the racial climate in Memphis, Tennessee after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Fred Jones talks about graduating from the Memphis State College in 1971 and working for HistoryMaker Isaac Hayes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Fred Jones talks about changes in the recording industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Fred Jones describes his responsibilities working for HistoryMaker Isaac Hayes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Fred Jones talks about becoming an entertainment promoter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Fred Jones talks about the first Southern Heritage Classic in 1990
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Fred Jones tells stories about working with artists like Count Basie, Bill Cosby, and John Davidson.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Fred Jones talks about demands from artists he worked with as an entertainment producer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Fred Jones talks about his personal and professional relationship with the Isley Brothers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Fred Jones talks about filing for bankruptcy and rebuilding his business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Fred Jones talks about creating the Southern Heritage Classic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Fred Jones talks about events during the Southern Heritage Classic and a rewarding experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Fred Jones talks about the black community in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Fred Jones talks about the Memphis Grizzlies and explains why Memphis, Tennessee did not get an NFL franchise
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Fred Jones talks about his role in securing the Memphis Grizzlies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Fred Jones talks about the Memphis Grizzlies and what he hopes the team does for the City of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Fred Jones talks about his hopes for the black community and for his future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Fred Jones reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Fred Jones talks about how he would like to be remembered