In addition to these three hit singles, a 12-inch of “Ai No Corrida,” “Razzamataz,” and “Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me” was issued to clubs and R&B radio. The three songs simultaneously charted at #3 on the dance charts; as for R&B radio, “Ai No Corrida” charted at #10 and “Razzamataz” at #17. The album peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. “The Dude” won four Grammy awards. In addition, yours truly was awarded a platinum album from A&M Records for helping the album achieve its success.
Today’s song was not one of the hit singles; however, the instrumental “Velas” featured Toots Thielemans whistling and playing the chromatic harmonica – but not simultaneously. Brazilian artist Ivan Lins co-wrote the song with Vitor Martins. Lins’ version of “Velas Içadas” contained lyrical content and a vocal track. Being in Portuguese may have inspired Jones to record it solely as an instrumental.
While “Velas” was not a hit recording for Quincy Jones, it does showcase Thielemans best known musical attributes.