I worked for a publishing company in Hollywood.
In the Ghetto, I'd been trying to write for years.
I had Elvis' number in my book and I never called it.
One of my real goals was to hear someone whistling a song I'd written.
It's pretty amazing to me that my first hit record was an Elvis Presley record.
Elvis was just like a big old kid. It was like he never got past 19, I don't think, in a lotta ways.
I still have an old painting the Colonel gave me. It was the first time the Colonel had been back to the Hilton since Elvis had passed away.
I'm sure that Elvis was happy for me. I think he was the kind of guy that enjoyed other people's success, especially if he had something to do with it.
First time I saw Elvis was at the Lubbock County fairgrounds in Lubbock, Texas. He was on the back end of a truck. There was about 1500 screaming kids.
I had always wanted to write a song called, The Vicious Circle. I always thought it was like, the kids are born there, they grow up there, they die there.