When I came back to California in the early '60s I was hanging out with Jimmy Bowen, Phil Spector, and I wanted to be a record producer and work with other artists.
I think my favorite album was probably Realization.
But I always loved songs with great lyrics.
If you're going to get into music, you've got to learn the 12-bar blues.
The web site and the Internet are a whole new ball game.
The first amp I had back in the '50s was a small Fender.
One thing will lead to another and somebody will come up with a riff or a line or something we build from.
I took care of myself. Basically I'm a vegetarian, I run every day, I exercise. I kind of control my living habits. I try to get a good night's sleep every night, I don't stay up all night and do all that stuff.
My first really good guitar was a Gibson J-45.
I'd gone through periods where I didn't work live performances for probably seven or eight months at a time.
I think after 1970 or so, after I sold Soul City, I took off for awhile and didn't do too many gigs.
About two months into the Whisky, I borrowed some money and rented a remote recording truck.
Even Woodstock turned out to be a disaster. Everybody was stuck in the mud and people got sick.
I was working at this club in downtown L.A. from four to eight at night, just Eddie Rubin, the drummer, and I.
I've got a Fender Concert amp from the '60s, the one Joe Osborn used. He played his bass through it.
Beware of pretty faces that you find, a pretty face can hide an evil mind.
That rich guy you've been seeing, must have put you down. Welcome back baby, to the poor side of town.
All summer long we spent dancin' in the sand, and the jukebox kept on playing Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
I was rooming with Jimmy Bowen at the time, doing some gigs, then I went back to New Orleans and played there in '62.
Guys like Otis Blackwell and Bobby Darin, and all the guys who were writing songs for Elvis at the time, just hanging around, writing songs, talking about music.
What I really remember is that people camped out everywhere, and the fact everybody expected it might turn into a big nightmare with all sorts of hassles because back in those days everybody was smoking pot and taking acid.
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