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When I first heard Ray Charles, he was a flop artist on a small label in California. He hadn’t sold any records. And I bought…
I think it’s better to burn out than to fade away… it’s better to live out your days being very, very active – even if…
America is remarkable, don’t you think so? When I came to Washington, I was twelve years old. I spoke English with an English accent. It…
You know what I’d really like to do? I’d like to record some white Chicago jazz.
There’s no place in the world you can go and not hear rock-and-roll, from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to Phil Collins.
Rock n’ roll really belongs to all America. It really doesn’t belong to one city.
My father was in Ataturk’s closest group. They lived together during the War of Liberation in Turkey.
Jesse Stone did more to develop the basic rock-and-roll sound than anybody else.
It is very important that the world know that there have been 500 years of peaceful coexistence in Turkey between the Jews and Moslems.
If anybody asks me where I’m from, my first inclination is to say, ‘Washington,’ because that’s where I grew up meaningfully.
I’ve lived very well all my life, even when I had no money, and there’s very little I can’t afford.
Everyone felt like they knew Ray Charles and in a way they did, because he was embodied by his music.
I’d be happy if people said that I did a little bit to raise the dignity and recognition of the greatness of African-American music.
The songwriters whom we think of being the greatest songwriters usually write one hit and six or seven flops. That includes the Irving Berlins and…
I’ve been in the studio when you go through a track and you run down a track and you know even before the singer starts…
I love Ray Charles. He can still teach everybody a lot about how to make great music. Not necessarily how to make hits, but how…
Soul lyrics, soul music came at about the same time as the civil rights movement, and it’s very possible that one influenced the other.
I don’t use the computer. But my secretary does. I want to take some computer courses because I’m interested in some of the access to…
My first wife was a theater person.
Fifty years from now, people will still be listening to Led Zeppelin. They won’t even remember me.
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