Quincy Jones is known for working with music legends like Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles. But he never worked with Elvis Presley.
The legendary producer recently told The Hollywood Reporter he "wouldn't work" with Elvis. Jones recalled remarks he heard Presley make during the time he was appearing on The Dorsey Brothers TV show in 1956 that he interpreted as racist.
Quincy was writing for Tommy Dorsey at the time. He remembered Elvis entering a room where they were working and blurting out, "I don’t want to play with him." Jones dismissed Elvis.
Jones added that "every time I saw Elvis, he was being coached by [African-American] Otis Blackwell," who wrote Presley classics "Don't Be Cruel" and All Shook Up," -- "telling him how to sing."
[Source: Classic Hits Today]