Legendary producer Quincy Jones calls The Beatles 'worst musicians in the world'

FP Staff

Feb,08 2018 17:26 00 IST

Legendary producer Quincy Jones has lived quite the life. From being the producer behind Michael Jackson's greatest records (Off the WallThriller, and Bad) to scoring a record 78 Grammy nominations, Q, as he is affectionately called, always has the most interesting stories to say.

Just last month, in his long, in-depth profile which came out in GQ, Jones revealed some insane anecdotes about some of the biggest figures in history. He told us about the time he avoided getting murdered by the Manson family, and about the time he met Goebbels’s girlfriend and Hitler's cocaine habits. Jones also spoke at length about mediating the feud between Michael Jackson and Prince.

The latest interview with Vulture has Jones talking about Harvey Weinstein, Marlon Brando’s sex life, and how he went on at least one date with Ivanka Trump. But, one of this statements that has grabbed everyone's attention is about the Beatles. The rock 'n roll group's influence is undeniable, and they're widely considered to be the greatest musical act ever. Quincy Jones, on the other hand, has some choice words about the band. The Beatles — comprising of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison — aren't Jones' favorite musicians, to say the least.

Quincy Jones and Paul McCartney of The Beatles/Image from Twitter.

Quincy Jones and Paul McCartney of The Beatles/Image from Twitter.

When asked to describe his first impressions of the band in the 60s, Jones answered, “That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf***ers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.”

Jones recounted a recording session in which he participated for Starr’s 1970 solo debut Sentimental Journey. He said, "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, motherfucker because it ain’t you.” Great guy, though."

The Beatles have been polarising figures ever since their start. People have spent countless hours debating whether or not they're the greatest musicians to ever exist. Now we know what Jones thinks about the band.

Published Date: Feb 08, 2018 17:26 PM | Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018 17:26 PM