A lost of people recognize me and maybe will ask for an autograph, but it's nothing like if Elvis would've done something like that, 'cause he's so popular, or maybe The Beatles 'cause they stirred up a lot of action.
I guess the nicest thing about being, I won't say famous but being popular is a more proper word for me to use would be that if you've got a recognizable name, a lot of times you can get people to do things for you ordinarily that you wouldn't get done.
If you have good food, people will come to your restaurant.
There used to be a lot of acts, which was good, because people don't want to see the same act every night. But, you don't want too many acts, you don't want to over-saturate it.
Well, I got people that help me with the restaurant. I don't have to be at the restaurant 24 hours a day.
All my money was made doing the dates and selling products when I was out there on the road.
Cause I can make more money going in and doing my recordings and selling them through my entities that I have, rather than going to a record co. and them release a record and pay me 5 percent of what they make off it.
I had seventeen No. 1 songs and I didn't see anything like that kind of money.
I had some airline stock, but the airlines tanked. I didn't have a lot of money in them, though.
I try to stay ahead of things, if you know what I mean. I take the money I make and reinvest it.
It's the same with the ballplayers. Babe Ruth spent a lot, too and the ballplayers make a lot more money now.
I've grown up with my audience; they're my age or older. Not a lot of kids are coming to see me.
A record co. is just a vehicle for public appearances.
When a record co. finds a guy now, they want to own everything. They want to own the rights to market that person's particular name. They want a piece of the action all the way through.
My only failure was the restaurant in Myrtle Beach. I kept it open for four years. It was in a tourist town, it was only busy four and half, five months of the year. But the bills kept coming all year.