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Quincy Jones backtracks further on Beatles “worst musicians” comments

By | Published on Monday 8 October 2018

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Quincy Jones has further backtracked from comments he made about the Beatles earlier this year. Now, he is seemingly denying that he ever said anything at all, despite previously apologising for his comments.

In an interview with Vulture earlier this year, Jones laid into various musicians, from Taylor Swift to Michael Jackson. Asked about the Beatles, he said: “They were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherfuckers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it”.

Following a “surprise family intervention because of some silly things I’ve said in two recent interviews”, a couple of weeks later Jones issued a statement apologising for his various comments. He said that his entire career had rushed back into his memory all at once and emerged from his mouth as “word vomit”.

Now he’s consolidated all this down into a more simple explanation, saying that reports that he’d bad-mouthed the Beatles were “BS”. He told the Press Association: “They’re the greatest songwriters that ever lived. McCartney is like my brother, Ringo too”.

Whatever, he’s apparently learned his lesson. Asked for his opinion on Kanye West, Jones apparently just made a zipping motion across his lips.