Quincy Jones Wouldn’t Work With Elvis Presley Because He Was “A Racist”


Quincy Jones recently admitted that he would not work with Elvis Presley when he was alive because he said the singer was “racist.” The topic came out of another conversation about Michael Jackson with Jones noting that MJ had studied other performers in order to prepare for his role in The Wiz.

“He knew how to do his homework, whether it was with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly or whoever, James Brown. He was doing some Elvis copying, too. “The King of Pop,” man. Come on!” Jones said.


Was Elvis Presley “racist” like Quincy Jones insists?

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA – NOVEMBER 16: Quincy Jones at Spotify’s Secret Genius Awards 2018 held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on November 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

It was afterwards that the interviewer asked Jones if he had ever collaborated with Elvis. “No. I wouldn’t work with him,” Jones responded. “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 mother — I’m going to shut up now.”


RELATED: June Carter’s Son Talks About His Mom’s Alleged Affair With Elvis Presley

What he thought about Billie Holiday and Marie Osmond

JAILHOUSE ROCK, Elvis Presley, 1957 / Everett Collection

Jones also talked about other musicians in the interview such as Billie Holiday and even Marie Osmond. Jones said the chief lesson he learned from Billie is to “stay away from heroin,” and he apparently remembers trying to “cop some hemp” with Charlie Parker. What he had to say about Marie, though, was a whole other ball game.

Her talked about refusing to work with Donny Osmond after Osmond revealed their collaboration to Oprah. “He went on The Oprah Winfrey Show and talked about it, and I dropped it because he told her we were doing the record,” he said, then adds, “Marie was cute, though. A lot of booty. (Says something in Russian.)”

Show comments
Published by

Recent Posts

Joanna Gaines Gets Emotional Talking About Her Mother’s Traumatic Childhood

The want of every parent is for their children to have it better than they…

1 hour ago

Sharon Osbourne Celebrates Husband Ozzy’s Birthday With A Sweet Post

Ozzy Osbourne recently turned 74 years old and his wife, Sharon, shared a very sweet…

3 hours ago

Danny Bonaduce’s Wife Amy Shares Hilarious Partridge Pun Starring Husband

Growing up in the ‘70s, it was impossible to not know the name Danny Partridge,…

4 hours ago

‘Little House On The Prairie’ Actor Cliff Emmich Dies At 85

Actor Cliff Emmich from 'Little House On the Prairie' has died. He died after a…

5 hours ago

Candace Cameron Bure Shows Off Gray Roots In New Hair Photo

Hair going gray is a highly nuanced part of the aging process that affects many…

5 hours ago

Val Kilmer Forced To Pull Out Of ‘Willow’ Series Due To Health Issues

Val Kilmer was unable to reprise his role as Madmartigan in the newly released Disney+…

6 hours ago