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Quincy Jones Opens Fire On The Beatles and Michael Jackson

by Paul Cashmere on February 9, 2018

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In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, Quincy Jones has tackled the subjects of working with Michael Jackson and his opinions of the Beatles in a blunt interview with Vulture.

He felt that Jackson stole a lot of his music and didn’t give credit (or money) where it was due:

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 lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.

Greedy, man. Greedy. “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” — Greg Phillinganes wrote the c section. Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it.

Jones also talked about all of Jackson’s plastic surgery. “I used to kill him about the plastic surgery, man. He’d always justify it and say it was because of some disease he had. Bullshit.”

Then there’s the Beatles and, especially, Ringo Starr. He was not impressed with their musicianship and, when asked of his first impressions:

That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherfuckers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it. I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin [working on Ringo’s solo debut, Sentimental Journey] 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-a-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, motherfucker because it ain’t you.” Great guy, though.

Jones talks about a variety of other subjects, including a big revelation about Donald and Ivanka Trump, at Vulture.

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