Quincy Jones is getting candid.
In a new with The Hollywood Reporter, the music legend recalls an exchange he had with Elvis Presley and revealed that he “wouldn’t work with him.”
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When asked if he had ever worked with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jones said:
“No. I wouldn’t work with him.”
“I was writing for [orchestra leader] Tommy Dorsey, oh God, back then in the ’50s. And Elvis came in, and Tommy said, ‘I don’t want to play with him.’ He was a racist motherf****er. I’m going to shut up now.”
After his shocking reveal, he refused to speak anymore on the matter.
The musical maestro inaugurates The Hollywood Reporter’s Icon series with his famously candid takes on Hollywood racism and drug use.
In his career, Jones has been nominated for a total of 80 GRAMMY Awards and has won 28.