In a new interview, which kicks off The Hollywood Reporter's "THR Icons" series, Jones discusses Elvis, George Floyd protests & facing racism in the film industry.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Quincy Jones recalls that his "Fly Me to the Moon" recording with Frank Sinatra and Count Basie was the first song played on the moon -- but that doesn't mean he has any interest in going to outer space too.
"Oh my God, I'm not going there," Jones says in the interview, which kicks off the magazine's new "THR Icons" series. "Richard Branson and Paul Allen and Elon [Musk] are trying to get me to go with them. [They say] 'It's $250,000, I’m going to let you go free.' Uh-uh."
"Fly Me to the Moon" was a different story. As the legend goes, Buzz Aldrin told Jones that he played his recording of the song with Sinatra and Basie during the famous Apollo 11 mission. When asked by THR if his song was the first played on the moon, Jones answered, "You're goddamn right."