Quincy Jones has revealed that Ray Charles got him addicted to heroin at age 15. During an appearance on Scott Feinberg’s Awards Chatter podcast, Jones explained, "He got me hooked for five months at 15. After we finished at the Washington Social Club and a couple of other ones, we'd all go down to Jackson Street to the Elks Club. That's where all the bebop jam sessions were. Nobody got paid. We didn't give a d*mn."

He continued, "When they finished playing they'd go over in the corner and they had it on their thumb. I just snuck in the line and got me a little hit."

Jones later added, "The mistakes are what help you grow and learn. If I hadn't fallen. I would have been in New York, where I was hanging out with Charlie Parker. I would have been a junkie forever. Bird was always high. Thank god we did it and got it over with."