Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they've ever been is kicked.
I let people know that it was all right to do the kinds of things I did.
I think people who don't believe in God are crazy. How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn't make?
I think they saw me as something like a deliverer, a way out. My means of expression, my music, was a way in which a lot of people wished they could express themselves and couldn't.
I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.
I came from a family where my people didn't like rhythm and blues. Bing Crosby - Pennies from Heaven - Ella Fitzgerald, was all I heard.
If I had my life to live over, I would want to be a man.
But men are so full of greed today, they'll sell anything for a little piece of money.
I tried to look presentable for a show, but not for sexual attraction. It was strictly for show business.
When you sit down and think about what rock 'n' roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock 'n' roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues.
I also like the banging piano - that old good-time piano.
I would wear flamboyant clothes and long hair, and most singers at the time didn't.
I always knew I was a man, always felt that I was a man, always wanted to be a man.
I don't think a woman has to act like a man to show that she has strength.
I thank God for making me a man.