An interesting article involving Quincy Jones. In this piece, he talks about how terrible the Beatles were as musicians, and he also mentions that Michael stole most of his music. He claims that Marlon Brando would have sex with anyone, including Marvin Gaye and Richard Pryor. He is not very flattering of the music industry, and he even states that he once “dated” Ivanka Trump. Here is the article link:
Of course, it is well known that the musical industry was “far from angelic.” People have been cheated, disrespected, used and abused but a lot of those stories never got publicized that much. Some of the things that come to my mind are “Why does he wait until this time in his life to say these things? How perfect was he in this bad industry? Was he as accomplished a producer as the credits gave him?” When you look at the credits of the Michael Jackson collection, I never saw Quincy’s name as a writer. In fact, I saw some of the guys from the group Heatwave listed as songwriters. Michael once said that Quincy never did anything to help on his projects, which was one of the reasons Michael left him. I took a listen to Donna Summers song “State of Independence” and yes, the bass line for Billy Jean” is in there.” It is in a different key, but the line can be heard. Hall and Oates once said that Michael told them he stole the bass line from their song “I can’t go for that.” I can’t see that one. Those bass lines are not really that close. As for the Beatles, he was probably right about Ringo’s drumming abilities. Paul himself didn’t really like the way Ringo played. When they had a reunion of Paul and Ringo, Paul’s regular drummer also played, which meant that one drummer had to cover for the other. A big shock to me was Paul as a bass player. I did hear a mistake in bass notes in the song “Penny Lane” that was left on the track. There were a lot of fake things happening in music. Bill Withers once told me himself that he didn’t know anything of how to play a guitar, but his people brought in an expert to teach him a couple of chords to make it “look” like he was an accomplished player. On one of his album covers you can actually “see” him holding a guitar. I happen to know that Quincy himself was not angelic. There are people from his camp who told me that he screwed them. I find it interesting that now he wants to diss the industry that he helped build. Stay tuned on this one. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Bonnie Raitt in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar