Legendary music producer Quincy Jones gave an eyebrow-raising interview, published Wednesday, with David Marchese for Vulture, dropping some info bombs that are old news to him but mind-blowing to the rest of us.
“All I’ve ever done is tell the truth,” is how Jones started the discussion. “I’ve got nothing to be scared of, man.”
Jones is turning 85 in March, and the interview is a prelude to a Netflix documentary and an Oprah Winfrey-hosted CBS special in his honor. And he let loose with the juicy rarebits about, as he puts it, “The experiences I’ve had! You almost can’t believe it.”
What has set the Twittersphere on fire is a revelation divulged in the excerpt (questions in bold) below that came out of left field while Jones was talking about music technique and styles:
Maybe not the cha-cha.
[Marlon] 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.
He slept with them? How do you know that?
[Frowns.] Come on, man. He did not give a fuck! You like Brazilian music?
Marchese then admitted to liking Brazilian music.
Please read the entire interview, it is so worth it.
And then…Richard Pryor’s widow Jennifer spoke to TMZ, confirming that her deceased husband was openly bisexual and Marlon Brando was one of his lovers. Apparently, Pryor documented his relationships with men in volumes of diaries that coincidentally Jennifer plans to release at the end of the year.
“It was the ’70s! Drugs were still good, especially quaaludes,” is the scene Jennifer describes. “If you did enough cocaine, you’d f— a radiator and send it flowers in the morning.”
Jennifer stated that Pryor, a groundbreaking, blunt standup comedian, would think it hilarious that Jones blurted this out.
According to People, Pryor was married SEVEN times to five different women—and fathered seven kids. He counted Pam Grier and Margot Kidder among his girlfriends.
Oscar-winner Brando had a similar track record: married three times, scores of girlfriends, 11 children. In 1976, he was candid about his bisexuality with a French journalist.
“Homosexuality is so much in fashion, it no longer makes news. 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. But if there is someone who is convinced that Jack Nicholson and I are lovers, may they continue to do so. I find it amusing.”
No confirmation yet from Jack Nicholson’s camp.
Here’s a scene with Brando playing a closeted Army major from one of our fave classic films, “Reflections in a Golden Eye.”