I don't think we have the quality talent that we did back then. We were more raw. These days you have everybody wanting to sound like everybody else.
I hate it when they make them sing after they get kicked off. Why turn the knife?
At least they'll know that we're still out there on this earth, still making music.
We used to record with string sections, so it's like going back to that time.
The thing I love is when some of them have 15 dancers. Everyone's jumping and falling and bubbling around. It's a distraction.
I do like what Alicia Keys and John Legend are doing. With their music, you keep your clothes on.
And, because there was an honesty about all that was going on. It connected with the people in the street.
It never dawned on me at any particular time of my life that people are paid tremendous money to sing.
Many times I've gone on tours with Paul Anka. He would have someone sitting behind him to keep people from even talking to him. You were almost in a little restricted area there.
You were able to sing something they related to instantly, because it was part of what you felt. It was part of what you had already traveled through. It's part of the people you were associating with daily. It was all of that.
If there's anything about the business that I love and that I'm extremely happy about, is that my career started at that time and that I met some of the greatest entertainers at that time and some are still here.
It would probably take me an hour to two to write it down, get the feel of it, and that's with quite a few changes. It's not really a hard thing for me to do.
At that time, we were in charge. We didn't ask. We just did. We just did what was in our heart.
Yeah. I'm amateurish. I can play enough to write a song, or strum on a little guitar to write out a song. But, I don't play well at all. I wouldn't even attempt for a second to play in public.
When I got involved with The Five Crowns who later became The Drifters, and we got this hit record, I still was looking at this as kind of a fun thing.