I was smart, to tell you the truth. I'm not really bright, but I'm not stupid.
Nobody really thought I was going to make it, because I was a musician. I really wasn't a singer.
I had been on tour with people like Roy Orbison. I knew Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke. So many great performers.
It's just different today. Nobody seems to last too long these days. I wouldn't know how to get started today.
To me, there was nothing greater than to play for an audience and to entertain people and that has stayed with me all these years.
Unfortunately, a lot of people are stupid. They take drugs. They get drunk and do all the wrong things in life. I just played it straight.
All my songs were solo voices. Just me singing. In fact, that was the gimmick - no gimmick. Just singing straight with not too much background.
Everybody goes through a stage where you have it. And, all of a sudden, you don't have it anymore. You get older and the audience gets younger.
I played Big Band jazz music. I wasn't into rock and roll. I was just there because it was a living. I surprised everyone. I'm still surprising people.
Sammy Davis, I backed him up. I used to study him every night. I saw how great performers worked and was able to incorporate a little bit from the best.