Quincy Jones Reveals Ray Charles Got Him Hooked On Heroin For "Five Months"

Quincy Jones’ Netflix documentary reveals loads in regards to the music mogul and his come as much as changing into one of the vital influential music makers. The movie paperwork his shut relationships with Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, and Ray Charles, but it surely by no means revealed the addictions he and Ray shared collectively. 

Quincy just lately revealed to The Hollywood Reporter‘s podcast that at 15-years-old Ray Charles received him hooked on heroin for 5 months. 

“After we completed on the Washington Social Club and a few different ones, we would all go right down to Jackson Street to the Elks Club. That’s the place all of the bebop jam periods have been. Nobody received paid. We did not give a rattling,” he mentioned. “When they completed taking part in they’d go over within the nook they usually had it on their thumb. I simply snuck within the line and received me a little bit hit.”

Quincy was concerned in a band that might journey throughout and when the crew was in New York, they’d purchase their poison from a Harlem supplier named Detroit Red, A.Ok.A. Malcolm X. His behavior was over after he fell down a flight of stairs one evening and was placed on mattress relaxation, forcing withdrawal and readability on his habit. “The errors are what enable you develop and be taught,” he defined. “[If I hadn’t fallen.] I’d have been in New York, the place I used to be hanging out with Charlie Parker. I’d have been a junkie eternally. Bird was at all times excessive. Thank god we did it and received it over with.”

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