Quincy Jones is a famous name to reckon when we talk of global icons in the entertainment industry. The 28 Grammy awards winner and co-producer for Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums, Thriller, recently had a conversation early this year (2018) with Vulture Magazine, where he made some heavy accusations and revelations about the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his personal story.
Quincy Jones was born into a poor family, as he has revealed in his autobiography, Q, in which he stated that he was exposed to the worst kind of physical and emotional trauma while growing up, especially from his mother. Mr. Jones has spent 85-years on earth, and we can say 80% of those years were spent in the music and entertainment industry, changing or being part of historic moments in the industry.
At the time Quincy Jones started off with producing music, he was the first black vice-president at a record label (Mercury), producing for one of the best talents in those days, Lesley Gore, but in this interview he had, Jones stated that he wasn’t paid while doing all those beautiful work with Lesley.
Michael Jackson’s unpublished works seem to be unraveling, as Drake recently featured MJ in his song, “Don’t Matter to Me”, and included it in his new album, Scorpion.
When Jones was asked about Michael Jackson and his unrivaled talents, Jones responded in such a blunt manner, revealing; “I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs.” [Donna Summer’s] “State of Independence Originally written by Vangelis and long-time Yes frontman Jon Anderson, “State of Independence” was recorded by Donna Summer in 1982. Jones produced Summer’s version, Michael Jackson helped out on backing vocals, and the song’s central riff does sound awfully similar (albeit faster) to the iconic bass riff on Jackson’s hit single “Billie Jean.” It should also be noted that last year, Jones won a lawsuit over a royalty’s dispute against Jackson’s estate.” and “Billie Jean.” “The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.”
On further inquiry as to how Michael Jackson can be labeled a Machiavellian, Quincy Jones deep dived into being blunter; “Greedy, man. Greedy”, He said. “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” — Greg Phillinganes wrote the C section Phillinganes, an in-demand studio keyboardist, played on a handful of Jackson- Jones collaborations, including the 1979 album Off the Wall, from which “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” comes.. Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it.”
Read the full conversation published on Vulture magazine here.