Legendary producer Quincy Jones, who worked with such musicians as Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra, said in an interview with Vulture that THE BEATLES were “the worst musicians in the world”. He explained: “That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf*ckers. Paul [McCartney] was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo [Starr]? Don’t even talk about it.”
Quincy continued by remembering the time he helped arrange a song for Ringo‘s 1970 solo debut “Sentimental Journey,” saying: “I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing that he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn’t get it.”
He continued: “We said, ‘Mate, why don’t you get some lager and lime, some shepherd’s pie, and take an hour-and-a-half and relax a little bit.’ So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up.
“Ringo comes back and says, ‘George, can you play it back for me one more time?’ So George did, and Ringo says, ‘That didn’t sound so bad.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, motherf*cker because it ain’t you.’ Great guy, though.”