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I sent the tapes to Los Angeles for him to meet me there so we could put the rest of the band on. They called me from there a couple of days later and said, ‘ Mr. Jackson stole the tapes.'.
It’s just good to still be doing what you’ve loved, doing [it] all your life, and being recognized by your friends and fans, … People who have reached out to me, I don’t want them to go unnoticed. They were very much a part of the whole scene.
You write the way you feel, you’re looking at what’s happening in the world. You’re looking at relationships and it all starts to manifest itself… There [are] some strong social comments in there of what I felt… I’m really proud of this album, just by the mere fact that I’m still putting out things and songs and the way I feel.
’Diana’ – I know it in my sleep, unfortunately, but I still sing it.
[Performing] – I miss that, that’s what I am. That’s why I am. And as long as the health prevails, you know? … This has truly been a blessed journey.
You know, I love it, i thought it was innovative in a sense that it was very cute… I got a huge kick out of it.
Sinatra had started to understand that he needed to do pop songs, which he hated, he was a purist of the standards. He hated Presley, and only liked me because I made money for the mob in Vegas. When my record company caught wind of it, they were pissed that I did n’t keep it for Paul Anka -LRB- left -RRB-. I said, ‘ Hey, I can write it, but I ’m not the guy to sing it. ’ It was for Frank, no one else.
I spent time with Elvis Presley and watched Elvis Presley self-destruct, elvis Presley was a good guy, a Southern gentleman, a little nave, but Elvis Presley started to lose it — Elvis Presley got locked into that cocoon, the comfort of the posse, the aluminum foil on the windows and no sun. I told Elvis Presley, ‘ It’s not your kind of song, ’ but it meant a lot to Elvis Presley.
I was 26, 27.
I tell people : I do n’t have a job. I have a passion.
Me, Bobby Darin and a couple of others started in pop music, and we wanted to test ourselves : How are we going to evolve ?
I thought it was a s --- record, but there was something in it.
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