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Quincy Jones: 'The Beatles were terrible musicians'

PICTURED: Quincy Jones (Photo credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

QUINCY JONES has plenty of stories to tell and opinions to share - some which may shock his fans.

In a frank interview with Vulture the music legend discussed everything, from Michael Jackson reportedly 'stealing' music to Marlon Brando's sex life and shared his thoughts on artists of the past and present - revealing that he was less than impressed with The Beatles in particular.

The composer, arranger and producer recalled the first time he heard the band, telling the outlet, "They were the worst musicians in the world.

"They were no-playing motherf**kers. Paul (McCartney) was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo (Starr)? Don’t even talk about it."

The drummer was singled out for further criticism as Jones remembered working with Ringo on his 1970 solo album Sentimental Journey.

Jones reveals he duped Starr into thinking he'd recorded the drum track on Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing - because the rocker was really struggling in the studio.

"We were in the studio with (Beatles producer) George Martin and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song," he told Vulture|. "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?' So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer.

"Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, 'George, can you play it back for me one more time?' So George did, and Ringo says, 'That didn’t sound so bad'. And I said, 'Yeah, motherf**ker, because it ain’t you'."

Still, Jones likes Ringo as a person, calling him a "great guy", and he loves hanging out with U2 star Bono, adding, "He’s doing good work all over the world. Working with him and (Live Aid genius) Bob Geldof on debt relief was one of the greatest things I ever did."

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