We are put on this earth to have a good time. This makes other people feel good. And the cycle continues.
From 1958 to 1964, that's real rock n' roll. Then the Beatles hit and everyone sounded like them.
I never prayed for no money, and I never prayed for no fame. I said, 'I'll take care of that myself. You just keep me healthy and I'll do all I can to try to turn people around, to try to steer 'em in the right direction.' That's the whole trip in life, ya know.
Half the time I feel like I'm appealing to the downer freaks out there. We start to play one downer record after another until I begin to get down myself. Give me something from 1960 or something; let me get up again. The music of today is for downer freaks, and I'm an upper.
If you do right, everything will come out right.
I know it sounds corny, man, but I like to bring folks joy, and I like to have a good time. I know folks like to be with somebody who's having a good time. You sure as hell don't want to be with somebody who's having a bad day.
John R. told me you don't work for the radio station. You work for the people out there.
Two thousand years from now they'll still be hearing about Elvis Presley.
I taught myself to tune in to another persons wavelength, figure out what they were looking for, and try to project that thing back at them.
I figure the oldies are real close to what rocking country use to be.
I am just a little tired of the Stones and the Beatles, and I don't care if I ever hear 'Louie Louie' ever again.
A little mordida, here. A little mordida, there.
I think the acts today get too much money. I really do. They wind up blowing it all anyway. It's silly to give children that much money.
I started out as an opportunistic renegade. By now, I've lasted long enough to become sort of an American Original Respectable Renegade.
My existence went up about 12 levels of intensity.
My fake Japanese was smooth enough to earn me the title of 'The Emperor of Pleasing Graciousness' in that country.
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