There's a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.
My philosophy is the thicker the wood the thicker the sound, the bigger the string the bigger the sound. My smallest string is a 14 gauge.
Buddy Rich was one of the most incredible technicians in the world, on this planet, but the only people he could really impress, who knew what he was doing was another musician or another drummer.
As a little kid I had a girlfriend, and her boyfriend used to beat me up, so then I used to sing these songs, and that's what it's all about. Country music is all about your heart and your people and things like that.
I don't play pyrotechnic scales. I play about frustration, patience, anger. Music is an extension of my soul.
Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.
Every song is like a painting.
...I enjoyed it (Dr.Ducks Ax Wax) .. in fact I'm all out...
I used to be a mean maniac. Someone once threw a firecracker at a show and I jumped off the side of the stage and whacked 'em on the side of the head.
I always wanted a guitar. I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also listened to Hank Williams, and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.
I became stereotyped.
My aunt played the piano and I used to sit and listen to it.
I've got holes in my guitar.
I'm a perfectionist. I'm not going to cheat the people.
Jimi was a good guy 'til he got into drugs. That's the way it is. I just tell it like it is.
The kids called me King of the Surf Guitar. I surfed sunup to sundown.
My uncle gave me a trumpet, but I loved the Louis Armstrong sound and the Harry James sound and I played by ear and I played always soulful or very direct from the gut.
Music is an attitude. It's a sensation to the average person, to the human being. And keep it simple, stupid. That's always been my theory.
I'll just tell you the way it is. You ask me what time it is and I'm gonna tell you how to build a clock.
I wanted to put a sheet in explaining what all the songs are about, but they didn't do it.
You can't eat fish. It's 6,000 parts DDT per million all over the world, not counting radiation.
I always felt people should live with animals.
I almost had to have my leg amputated because of an infection.
Every time I went into the studio some engineer tried to impress me with how they're going to capture my sound with all kinds of tricks. But they limited the sound and never allowed me to play how I felt.
I can play every instrument there is, every horn, I've played all the saxes and trumpets and everything and keyboards.
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