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Conversation: Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson’s Longtime Friend and Producer

Quincy Jones, who was Michael Jackson’s longtime friend and record producer, joined me by phone Friday afternoon to talk about Jackson’s life and legacy:

Earlier Friday, Jones released this statement on his Web site:

“I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the 80’s. To this day, the music we created together on ‘Off The Wall,’ ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.”

Friday on the NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown talked to Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine, and KCRW Public Radio’s Garth Trinidad about Michael Jackson’s life and death.