Critics don’t bother me because if I do badly, I know I’m bad before they even write it. And if I’m good, I know I’m good. I know best about myself, so a critic doesn’t anger me.
People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.
When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.
The thing that influenced me most was the way Tommy played his trombone… . It was my idea to make my voice work in the same way as a trombone or violin not sounding like them, but playing the voice like those instrumentalists.
I think my greatest ambition in life is to pass on to others what I know.
The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.
I’m supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I’ve flunked more often than not. I’m very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don’t understand them.
I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family – and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.
You gotta love livin’, baby, ’cause dyin’ is a pain in the ass.
You can be the most artistically perfect performer in the world, but an audience is like a broad – if you’re indifferent, Endsville.
Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing – if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.
Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.
May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.
I like intelligent women. When you go out, it shouldn’t be a staring contest.
I’m gonna live till I die.
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