Quincy Jones: 'Michael Jackson Stole Songs, Surgery Was BS'
The man behind Michael Jackson's biggest records, producer Quincy Jones, has slammed the late star as well as taken aim at The Beatles and even claims he knows who was behind the killing of JFK in an explosive new interview.
Jones, 84, said The Beatles were "no-playing motherf****ers", accused Jackson of plagiarism and even suggested that mobster Sam Giancana was behind the killing of US President John F Kennedy.
Speaking to New York Magazine Jones said that The Beatles were 'the worst musicians in the world'
"Paul [McCartney] was the worst bass player I ever heard,"
Quincy Jones and Paul McCartney in 2009
"And Ringo? Don't even talk about it."
"I remember once we were in the 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-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, motherf***er because it ain't you.'
"Great guy, though."
He also went to town when discussing the self-proclaimed King Of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Jones believes Jackson's hit Billie Jean was very close to an earlier song by Donna Summer called State of Independence.
Jackson "He stole a lot of songs,"
"The notes don't lie, man,"
"He was as Machiavellian as they come."
Jones also said that Jackson was "greedy", claiming musician Greg Phillinganes, who worked with Jackson and Jones on the 1979 album Off The Wall, wrote a major part of Jackson's Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough but was denied royalties.
"Michael should have given him 10 per cent of the song, "[He] wouldn't do it."
And on Jackson's changing appearance over the years?
"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.
"He had a problem with his looks because his father told him he was ugly and abused him. What do you expect?