Producer shocked by death

Award winning producer Quincy Jones has spoken of his profound shock at the death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

Quincy Jones is a living legend in the music industry. As a producer, Jones is almost without peer having graduated from his sensitive recordings of jazz artists to his later work in the pop field.

The producer met Michael Jackson while working on the musical 'The Wiz'. A Motown founded project, the film was a black American re-imagining of 'The Wizard Of Oz'. A relative flop, it nonetheless established a relationship between Quincy Jones and the young star.

Eager to move out of the shadows of The Jackson 5, the pair began work on the album that would become 'Off The Wall'. Mixing black music styles into a slick pop formula, Michael Jackson's iconic wail would become a stunning commercial weapon.

Also working together on the record breaking album 'Thriller', as well as its follow up 'Bad', the pair forged one of the most successful partnerships in the history of recorded music.

According to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton the producer has spoke of his shock as losing Michael Jackson "at such a young age".

"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,” he was quoted as saying.

“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."

Michael Jackson died of a suspected cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles yesterday (June 25th). The singer was due to begin a 50 night residency at London's O2 Arena on July 13th, and there had much speculation over Jackson's health.

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