Quincy Jones Says That Ray Charles Once Got Him Hooked Up on Dope
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While on the show, Jones spilled more tea aboutmore legendaryfigures.
In one particularlyinterestingmoment, Quincy revealed that there was a five month period where he was hooked up on dope. Jones said that legendarysinger Ray Charles was the person who got him into heron.
He got me hooked for five months at 15...After we finished at the Washington Social Club and a couple of other ones, we'd all go down to Jackson Street to the Elks Club. That's where all the bebop jam sessions were. Nobody got paid. We didn't give a damn....When they finished playing they'd go over in the corner and they had it on their thumb. I just snuck in the line and got me a little hit.
Jones credits falling downstairs, while he was high, for making him quit drugs:
The mistakes are what help you grow and learn. That was a big one...If I hadn't done that, I would have been in New York when I was hanging out with Charlie Parker; I would've been a junkie forever. Thank God we did it there and got it over with.
Later on in his career, Jones was working with bandleader Lionel Hampton. When Jones was working with the band he foundout that they were buying drugs from Detroit Red...aka MalcolmX.
This man has story for days. Check out the entire interview here.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter