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Posted: February 07, 2018

The 3 biggest surprises from Quincy Jones’ candid Vulture interview

The music and film producer was born on Mar. 14, 1933 in Chicago. His career in music, film and philanthropy spans six decades. He's been nominated for 79 Grammys and has won 28. Jones has worked with Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and more. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980.

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By Najja Parker

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Legendary music producer Quincy Jones surprised quite a few people after spilling the beans about his personal life, famous friends and greatest achievements. 

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In a recent interview with Vulture, the 84-year-old was an open book, speaking candidly about never-before-heard experiences from his 60-year-long career. He talked about everyone from Richard Pryor and Michael Jackson to The Beatles and the Trump family. 

Curious about what he had to say? Here are the three most stand-out moments from his chat. 

He said Michael Jackson stole music.

During the beginning of the conversation, the interviewer asked Jones to reveal something about Michael Jackson people did not understand. He worked with the King of Pop on “Off The Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad.” 

“I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff,” he revealed. “He stole a lot of songs. The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.” 

He called him “greedy” and said one of the writers of “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” was not paid. 

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He said he dated Ivanka Trump 12 years ago.

In a previous report from January, Jones said he currently had 22 girlfriends. And over a decade ago, he told Vulture that one of his partners was Ivanka Trump.

“I used to date Ivanka, you know,” he blurted. “Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada said, ‘Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.’ I said, ‘No problem’...She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”

He admitted to hanging out with Donald Trump before his presidency and later said he was “limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic.”

He suggested that Marlon Brando had affairs with three major icons. 

When discussing the music business, he compared learning the craft to perfecting dance techniques for dancers. The thought triggered a memory about actor Marlon Brando. 

“Marlon Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us,” he said. “He’d [expletive] anything... James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”

The interviewer followed up by asking, “He slept with them? How do you know that?” to which Jones replied, “Come on, man.”

Read the full interview here

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