It felt like somebody had performed major surgery on me. But it was a way for my music to be played on the radio. It made it possible for everyone to hear the song.
Program directors were looking for something different to play in between the Bee Gees. I never imagined it would become such a huge hit.
In the old days, I used to tour nine months of the year. With travel being so difficult these days, I've become very selective about where we go and how often we play.
We'll be performing songs I couldn't get out of town without playing, as well as stuff you've never heard before. It's music that will make people happy.
It became a trademark. It's not glued to my head, but I'm very comfortable with it.
I had just seen the movie 'Young Man With a Horn' about jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke. So I told him I'd take one of those.
Melody is an important part of all the music I've written. I think that's why it has been so successful. It's music that sticks in your head.
I am glad that I wrote something that brought joy to millions of people.
I do not mind having written the song at all. I just wish that I had written it in a different key, as the high d is hard to play. I am glad that I wrote something that brought joy to millions of people.
I tend to not want to put labels or categories on the music, only because people come with preconceived ideas about what they're going to hear, or won't come for this reason.
I write music people enjoy playing and listening to, and I have a group that loves playing the music.
Most recently we've been working in concert situations rather than clubs. because there aren't too many rooms there like Ronnie Scott's, that are pure music rooms, where people come specifically to listen to music.
Not compromising the music, but there is a way, by just showing the people that you're sincere and honest with what you're doing, and by talking to them.
What's happened - in our country, anyhow - is that the young people have shied away from the formality of the concert hall, that tie - and - tails philharmonic image.
With four people you can create one very strong kind of energy, but if you can get 65 people working together, and swinging together, that's a whole other kind of energy.