Quincy Jones Says the Beatles Were “the Worst Musicians Ever” and Michael Jackson “Stole a Lot of Songs” in a Wild New Interview

    In a candid new interview with VULTURE Magazine’s David Marchese, legendary music producer Quincy Jones revealed many secrets about the Hollywood elite. Since the release of the article Conversation: Quincy Jones on February 7, 2018, many have been shocked by the 85-year-old’s willingness to reveal much of the industry’s dark, untold stories.

    A frequent collaborator of Michael Jackson, Jones told the online magazine, “I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs. [Donna Summer’s] State of Independence and Billie Jean. The notes don’t like, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.” He added that Jackson was greedy and that he discouraged the pop star to undergo plastic surgery. The producer was one of Jackson’s closest collaborators and produced three of his highest selling albums of all time: Off the Wall (initially selling 20 million copies), Thriller (110 million copies) and Bad (45 million copies). In 1985, Jones produced the Jackson-penned tune We Are the World to raise funds for starving people in Ethiopia, through the United Support of Artists for Africa (USA for Africa) foundation. The song became a global phenomenon and raised over $63 million (approximately $144 million in today’s currency, adjusted to inflation).

    Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones at the 1984 Grammy Awards; IMAGE: New York Daily News

    Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones at the 1984 Grammy Awards; IMAGE: New York Daily News

    Jones also had much to say about today’s music industry, saying that modern day film composers are “lazy” (save Alexandre Desplat, in which he says is influenced by his music). Jones has been nominated seven times for his work on such films like 1978’s The Wiz and 1985’s The Color Purple (which he suggests led him into a depression). In addition, he commented that there is nothing innovative happening in the current pop music scene today. However, he cites Bruno Mars and Sam Smith as stand out talents.

    When asked about the Beatles, the 28-time Grammy winner had this to say: “They were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf******. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it. I remember once we were in a studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn’t get it. We said, “Mate, why don’t you get some lager and lime, some shepherd’s pie, and take an hour-and-half and relax a little bit.” So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up.  Ringo comes back and says, “George, can you play it back for me one more time?” So George did, and Ringo says, “That didn’t sound so bad.” And I said, “Yeah, motherf***** because it ain’t you.” Great guy, though.”

    Many other shocking tales are shared within the now-trending VULTULRE article, including confessions about Cydi Lauper’s behavior in the studio during the recording of We Are the World, how went on a date with Invaka Trump, racism in the music industry, Sinatra’s mob ties and their connection to JFK’s assassination, and also anecdotes on Marlon Brando (and several men the movie star had “intimate” affairs with). Read the bizarre full interview here.

    Featured image from the LA. Times 

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