Legendary producer Quincy Jones, now 81 years old, worked on Michael’s most successful albums, ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad.’ He’s also worked with legends including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Paul Simon to name a few. HIs work with Michael spans over a decade and he produced the all-star charity single ‘We Are the World.’ He’s been nominated for an astonishing 79 Grammys and won 27 of them!
Recently the producer sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about the evolution of technology and how that has influenced the music world. On asked about his memory of working with Michael, he said:
“We started to work on The Wiz when he was about 19. He said, “I need a producer for my album,” seeing if I had a personal interest in working with him. I said, “Michael, I don’t want to talk about nothing but the film.” But I was trying to find things that he hadn’t done before. I had this song “She’s Out of My Life” that Tommy Bahler wrote when his wife left him. I was saving that for Sinatra, but I said, “I want to try this with Michael, ’cause he’s never had a real life experience, a genuine relationship with a woman.” I saw him at the Oscars one year – he was doing “Ben,” this romantic love story to a rat! So I gave the song to him, and every time we recorded it, he cried.”