Quincy Jones did an interview with Men.Style.com and boy was it interesting! He spoke about his fondest and weirdest memories of Michael Jackson. Here are some excerpts:
Q:I’ve heard you say that you wanted Michael to sing “She’s Out of My Life,” the great pop ballad from Off the Wall, in part because you felt like he had to deal with reality. A: I just wanted to hear him deal with a romantic relationship with a human being rather than a rat. I’m saying that facetiously, but it’s true. I saw him at the Oscars very emotional about “Ben.” I wanted to hear him get in touch with a real human relationship. “She’s Out of My Life” was written by Tommy Bahler from a very bad ending to a marriage. So it was very real. I was saving it for Sinatra. But I gave it to Michael. And Michael cried during every take, and I left the tears in.
Q:Have you been crying? A: Oh, man, it’s more than that. It’s way more than that. It hurts my soul, man. It’s just a lump down there.
Q:You were there to witness the strange evolution in Michael’s appearance. Did you ever step in and saying anything about it? A: Oh, we talked about it all the time. But he’d come up with, “Man, I promise you I have this disease,” and so forth, and “I have a blister on my lungs,” and all that kind of b.s. It’s hard, because Michael’s a Virgo, manâ€”he’s very set in his ways. You can’t talk him out of it. Chemical peels and all that stuff.
Q:But it must’ve been so disturbing to see Michael’s face turn into what it turned into. A: It’s ridiculous, man! Chemical peels and all of it. And I don’t understand it. But he obviously didn’t want to be black.
Q:Is that what it was? A: Well, what do you think? You see his kids?
Q:You’ve said that you don’t attend funerals anymore because you’ve lost so many friends. Do you plan to attend Michael Jackson’s funeral? A: No, not at all, not at all. Because it’s going to be, like, 9 million people there, and it’s not what I want to see.
Q:You’re not going to be there? A: No. I can’t be there, anyway. I’m going to Wales the day after tomorrow, I go to Montreux, I go to Marbella, I go to the south of France. My condolences and love I’ve already sent to the family. But being there with 10 million people is not my idea of a tribute to somebody you were so close toâ€”who’s got a part of your soul. Our souls were joined, you know. And a piece of it goes with him.