Why Quincy Jones Hates The Beatles
There is no doubt about the extraordinary talents of Quincy Jones. After all, his work behind the production office speaks for itself and has received 80 Grammy nominations, as well as creating countless hit records. Jones walks on musical water so much that no one will dare question his frank opinion, but his derisive comments about the Beatles crossed a sacred line for many, even if it wasn’t the first time.
It’s a boring myth that Ringo Starr wasn’t meant to be the Beatles’ best drummer, which John Lennon reportedly said during the band’s heyday. However, a quick Google search, and you’ll soon learn that Lennon never said those famous words about the percussionist. The joke first circulated on a BBC comedy series in 1981 and has since been accepted as the truth by many, damaging Ringo’s reputation by making him a laughing stock.
In this regard, however, it was not only Ringo who was the target of Jones’ barrage of abuse as he called the Fab Four “the worst musicians in the world.” The super producer arranged the track ‘Love Is a Many Splendoured Thing’ for Starr’s debut solo album in 1970 Sentimental journey but apparently had no affection for the group. The experience is one that Jones vividly remembers, albeit for the wrong reasons.
“They were the worst musicians in the world,” he told The Beatles in 2018 to The New Yorker. “They were no-game motherfuckers. Paul was the worst bass player I have ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.
Jones then referred to that infamous shoot with Ringo that pushed him up the wall. “I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo took three hours for a four bar thing that he was trying to fix on a song,” recalls the producer. “He couldn’t get it. We said, ‘Buddy, why don’t you have some lager and lime, shepherd’s pie, and take an hour and a half and relax a little bit. ”
“That’s what he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie walked in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, “George, can you play it back for me one more time?” George did, and Ringo said, “That didn’t sound so bad.” And I said, ‘Yeah, motherfucker, because it’s not you.’ – Great guy, though.
Those Jones comments would have struck a nerve with almost any artist on the planet, to have such a talented producer commenting so vehemently on your ability. However, when you’ve realized what Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr did, it might be a little harder to take it to heart.
Once the commentaries were printed they quickly circulated everywhere and battle lines were drawn – Jones was at a crossroads. He had the choice to stay true to his words or to clumsily try to explain himself to Paul McCartney over the phone. “So he called me, and I’m home on my own,” McCartney recalled to GQ in 2018. “And I was done working, so I had a drink, and now I groove at home, I cook, I have some wine, I am in a good mood, and I don’t. crazy. So I get a phone call: “Is this Mr. McCartney?” ‘Yes.’ “Quincy would like to talk to you. Because he always worked with security guards.
Macca continued, “I said, ‘Hey, quince!’ “Paul, how are you, man?” “I’m fine – how are you, motherfucker!” I’m fair with him. Son Jones was making his arguments for misrepresentation: “’Paul, I didn’t really say that thing – I don’t know what happened, man. I never said that. You know I love you guys!
“I said, ‘If you had said that, you know what I would have said? Fuck you, Quincy Jones! And he laughed. I said, “You know I would say that fuck you, Quincy Jones, you fucking crazy motherfucker!” So we actually just laughed. And he was like, ‘Oh, Paul, you know I love you so much.’ “Yeah, I know that, Quince.”
McCartney’s refusal to reproduce his love for Jones explains precisely his true feelings about the no-apology. This suggests that Macca didn’t believe the claim that the post got Jones back together but was still being cool and nonchalant about the whole situation anyway. He was, after all, a Beatle.
Quincy Jones has worked alongside some of the most talented musicians who have ever graced the land. He’s probably worked with musicians who are technically more capable than the Beatles, in fact that’s probably a certainty. But to call them “the world’s worst musicians”, or any band, is utterly laughable. Paul McCartney was on the right track when he said poetically, “Quincy Jones, you fucking crazy motherfucker!”