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Quincy Jones Has Stories About Everyone

Quincy Jones is not holding back.

The legendary producer recently gave a revealing interview with Vulture, in which he offered up many unknown anecdotes about artists he’s worked or crossed paths with, in addition to other shocking, offhand comments, like knowing who killed Kennedy (it was the Mafia).

After calling rock music “a white version of rhythm and blues,” he said the Beatles were “the worst musicians in the world”

Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it,” Jones told Vulture, before relaying a story in which Ringo couldn’t master a simple drum pattern.

He also claimed Michael Jackson, who he famously produced “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad” for, “stole” a lot of music, copying Donna Summer’s “State of Independence” and refusing to credit a writer on “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

“The notes don’t lie, man,” Jones said. “He was as Machiavellian as they come.”

Perhaps the most tweeted about bit of the interview, though, was when the producer claimed Marlon Brando had sex with many male celebrities, including James Baldwin, Richard Pryor and Marvin Gaye. When asked how he knew this, Jones said, “Come on, man. He did not give a fuck!”

Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, confirmed the comedian’s sexual relationship with Brando to TMZ, saying he was openly bisexual. “It was the ‘70s! Drugs were still good, especially Quaaludes. If you did enough cocaine, you’d fuck a radiator and send it flowers in the morning,” she said.

This Vulture interview follows Jones’ interview with GQ in January, which was equally as candid and quotable, including stories about being set up with Marilyn Monroe, how Elvis couldn’t sing, buying drugs from Malcolm X and Prince trying to run over Michael Jackson in a limousine.

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