Ahead of a new Netflix documentary and an Oprah-run CBS special about his life, Quincy Jones granted a wide-ranging and no-fucks-given interview to Vulture, in which he took on plenty of sacred cows (the Beatles were lousy musicians, the Clintons keep secrets and were too influenced by Big Pharma, Oprah doesn't have the chops to be POTUS, Michael Jackson stole from Donna Summer, Cyndi Lauper was a diva on “We Are the World,” the Mob murdered JFK).
The gay shit is the juiciest ...
In the course of the interview, conducted by David Marchese, had very little praise for the music of today, reducing it to “just loops, beats, rhymes and hooks,” but he does praise Sam Smith for being so unabashedly gay.
On the gay tip, he surprisingly goes into some detail on his late buddy Marlon Brando's sex life, saying:
Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherfucker you ever met. He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.
When Marchese expressed surprise and asked how Jones knew, Jones frowned and said:
Come on, man. He did not give a fuck.
UPDATE: Jennifer, Pryor's widow, has cheerfully confirmed he was bi and had sex with Brando!
Brando acknowledged his bisexuality in 1976, famously stating:
Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences and I am not ashamed. I have never paid much attention to what people think about me.
Brando also allegedly told writer Darwin Porter of Paul Newman:
He never fooled me. Paul Newman had just as many on-location affairs as the rest of us, and he was just as bisexual as I was. But, where I was always getting caught with my pants down, he managed to do it in the dark.
It should be noted Porter has often been called out for inaccuracies.