Quincy Jones has worked with Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles but laments that he never collaborated with Marvin Gaye.

"Marvin and I talked about doing an album a long time ago," Jones told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "He always thought he had plenty of time, I always thought he had plenty of time. The last thing I thought was that he would go before me."

Gaye's father shot him to death in 1984. Jones said one reason they didn't work together sooner was because Gaye feared the pressures of recording might strain their friendship. The two were always very close, he said.

"He knew I adored him, and vice versa. That's the magic that you don't have to talk about."