Im the middle man. I try to keep people happy. I go out of my way to get a smile. Thats the way my mother raised me.
I knew when I got to play with Al Jackson I would be a better bass player because he was the best drummer in the world. I worshipped him.
Most of my school friends and even a few of my teachers called me Duck.
When I heard BB Kings Sweet Sixteen, I knew I wanted to play bass because that was the thing that made that record: the bass player.
I always look back and say I should have made more. It should have been more lucrative, but it wasnt.
Elvis wore a halo. Otis Redding did, too. You knew you were playing with a star when you played with them.
When I was a kid, I used to look in the mirror and pretend I was Elvis.
Yes; my brother Bobby used to distribute records at King Records. I had a job there, too, packing records up and shipping them off. But I always wanted to play sessions at Stax, so I figured out a way to do it.
Plus, I grew up with Steve Cropper. There were so many good guitar players another one wasn't needed. What was needed was a bass.
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