Quincy Jones doesn’t think much of Paul McCartney’s bass skills.
Speaking to Vulture Magazine, the legendary jazz icon and producer said he wasn’t impressed with drummer Ringo Starr either, adding that The Beatles “were the worst musicians in the world.”
“They were no-playing m-fkers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it,” he said.
“I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and arranged a version of “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” for Starr’s 1970 solo debut album Sentimental Journey, which was produced by the Beatles’ frequent collaborator George Martin,” he continued. “The song, and album, are more than a bit gloopy. had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. 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, m-f&&r because it ain’t you.” Great guy, though.”
Read the whole interview here.