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The Jewish background is not that far from the black groove. Blacks are downtrodden, Jews are downtrodden, therefore they have something in common in that…
The first memory I have was my sisters dancing to the radio when they played records by Benny Goodman and Harry James and of the…
Teenagers especially are very, very conscious about what is hip and what is lame and what is square and what is out and what is…
Our songs did not transcend being R&B hits. They were R&B hits that white kids were attracted to. And if people bought it, it became…
I was brought up in black neighborhoods in South Baltimore. And we really felt like we were very black. We acted black and we spoke…
I heard this music coming out of the radio and it was ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business.’ It got me. I thought, ‘I can do this.’ I…
‘Hound Dog’ took like twelve minutes. That’s not a complicated piece of work. But the rhyme scheme was difficult. Also the metric structure of the…
And there’s always one special element. In ‘There Goes My Baby,’ it’s the out-of-tune timpani. ‘Stand by Me,’ it’s the bass pattern. Of course, all…
Listen to any cantor, any good hazan, sing and you can hear a little bit of Ray Charles going on.
Irving Berlin was the greatest songwriter of all time. I was in awe of him. But his music wasn’t my music. My music was the…
Red-hot songs were born on the black streets of Baltimore, where I delivered five-gallon cans of kerosene and ten-pound bags of coal.
Elvis Presley, you can’t define him in a couple of sentences, but he was a country boy and he was very respectful.
Elvis was incredibly cooperative. He would try anything. He wasn’t a diva, no prima donna. When it came to work, he was a workhorse.
It’s self-effacing, it’s hard-luck, the shtetl stories. All those Coasters things are an amalgam of Yiddish and black humor.
The early influences, in many ways, were in Baltimore. I was passing open windows where there might be a radio playing something funky. In the…
I felt black. I was as far as I was concerned. And I wanted to be black for lots of reasons. They were better musicians,…
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