Famed Producer Quincy Jones Said Beatles “Worst Musicians In The World”


Famed record producer Quincy Jones has made some pretty drastic comments in the past few weeks. In an effort tot promote a new Netflix documentary, he said the Beatles were “the worst musicians in the world,” among other claims.

“They were the worst musicians in the world,” he told David Marchese from New York Magazine. “They were no-playing motherf**kers. Paul [McCartney] was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.”

Moments later, he dug his heels into Ringo Starr.

Quincy Jokes Throws Shade At The Beatles

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“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,’” he added.

At the time, Quincy Jones was helping to arrange “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” for Ringo’s 1970s debut album, Sentimental Journey. In an effort to fix the madness, Jones asked for help from English jazz drummer Ronnie Verrell.

According to Jones, the replacement fixed the problem in fifteen minutes. In the end, Jones said Ringo was a “great guy” but a poor musician.

Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, And JFK

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Quincy Jones is now 84, so perhaps his comments about the Beatles (worst musicians), Marlon Brando (bisexual with Richard Pryor), or Michael Jackson (pet snake story) are now a little fuzzy. Or maybe he’s just at an age where he can say whatever he wants.

Above all else, the other major concern was Quincy Jones’ comments on Michael Jackson. The pet snake getting loose in the studio was one thing, but then he said the King of Pop stole almost everything to make his career.

Michael Jackson stole “a lot of stuff” from other artists without any type of contribution. This is actually a worse insult than calling the Beatles bad performers. A thief in music is worse than a poor performer.

But, Jones eventually said he knew who show John F. Kennedy (a Chicago mobster) and how he dated Ivanka Trump in his 70s, so perhaps he’s further off the mark than he seems to be.

Jones won 27 Grammy awards out of 79 nominations, where Michael Jackson’s album Thriller took home eight awards.

What do you think of Jones’ comments about The Beatles?