Quincy Jones has suggested that he would not work with Elvis Presley and alleged that he was a ‘racist’!! The music producer, 88, who has worked with a host of famous faces including Frank Sinatra & Michael Jackson opened up about his thoughts on the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
When asked about his experiences with Elvis, Quincy suggested that he hadn’t worked with Presley and branded him a “racist mother —.”
Reflecting on bumping into Elvis Presley, Quincy said: “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. But every time I saw Elvis, he was being coached by “Don’t Be Cruel” songwriter Otis Blackwell, telling him how to sing.”
Quincy bad-mouthing went even further. In a GQ interview 2018 he claimed: Elvis Presley couldn’t sing, that he used to buy drugs from Malcom X. That Prince once tried to run over Michael Jackson in a limo, and that Frank Sinatra refused to hook up with Marylin Monroe because of her pear-shaped breasts…. And there’s more… Quincy claimed that he dated Ivank Trump! And that the Beatles were “no-playing motherfuckers…” That Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr can’t sing… Taylor Swift’s songwriting needs work. Bono isn’t making good music anymore. Some Michael Jackson songs were “stolen”
The song first released as the finale of Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special.
After learning the story behind “If I Can Dream” how can anyone think to call – Elvis a racist!
This is the story behind the historical Elvis Presley hit song: “If I Can Dream” was written by Walter Earl Brown and notable for its direct quotations of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.
The song was published by Elvis Presley’s music publishing company Gladys Music, Inc. It was recorded by Presley in June 1968, just two months after King’s assassination.
Brown was asked to write a song to replace “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” as the grand finale on NBC’s “Elvis” TV special known as ‘68 Comeback Special. Knowing of Presley’s fondness for Martin Luther King Jr. and how his devastated Elvis was at King’s recent assassination, he wrote “If I Can Dream” with Presley in mind.
After Presley heard the demo, he proclaimed “I’m never going to sing another song I don’t believe in. I’m never going to make another movie I don’t believe in.” And Elvis kept his promise!
Walter Earl Brown (25 December 1928 – 10 January 2008) in LA at the age of 79, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, L.A.
Earl Brown wrote a hit song for Elvis Presley in 1968 entitled ‘If I Can Dream’, which has been re-recorded by Barry Manilow and which was performed on American Idol by Celine Dion as a duet, with Elvis resurrected on stage as a holographic image.
Earl wrote songs for Dianne Reeves, including the Grammy winning Who’s Minding The Store?, as well as for Frank Sinatra, Mama Cass, Michael Feinstein, and numerous others.
For many years he was the vocal director on many hit variety shows including The Danny Kaye Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, The Osmonds Brothers Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Carol Burnett Show and many other television programs and specials. Later Earl was vocal arranger and writer for The Palm Springs Follies.