I'll never feel comfortable taking a strong drink, and I'll never feel easy smoking a cigarette. I just don't think those things are right for me.
The closest I ever came to getting married was just before I started singing. In fact, my first record saved my neck.
After a hard day of basic training, you could eat a rattlesnake.
More than anything else, I want the folks back at home to think right of me.
I've been getting some bad publicity - but you got to expect that.
I learned how important it is to entertain people and give them a reason to come and watch you play.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
I'm strictly for Stevenson. I don't dig the intellectual bit, but I'm telling you, man, he knows the most.
There are too many people that depend on me. I'm too obligated. I'm in too far to get out.
I knew by heart all the dialogue of James Dean's films; I could watch Rebel Without a Cause a hundred times over.
The colored folks been singing it and playing it just like I'm doin' now, man, for more years than I know. I got it from them.
I'm so nervous. I've always been nervous, ever since I was a kid.
Man, that record came out and was real big in Memphis. They started playing it, and it got real big. Don't know why-the lyrics had no meaning.
I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.
Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.'
It's human nature to gripe, but I'm going ahead and doing the best I can.
The next thing I knew, I was out of the service and making movies again. My first picture was called, GI Blues. I thought I was still in the army.
Id rather go on hearing your lies than to go on living without you.
I'm trying to keep a level head. You have to be careful out in the world. It's so easy to get turned.
Don't criticize what you don't understand, son. You never walked in that man's shoes.
I happened to come along in the music business when there was no trend.
I'll never make it, it will never happen, because they're never going to hear me 'cause they're screaming all the time.
I don't think I'm bad for people. If I did think I was bad for people, I would go back to driving a truck, and I really mean this.
I've tried to lead a straight, clean life, not set any kind of a bad example.
I sure lost my musical direction in Hollywood. My songs were the same conveyer belt mass production, just like most of my movies were.
Well they've been so long on Lonely Street they ain't ever going to look back.
Singers come and go, but if you're a good actor, you can last a long time.
Every time I think that I'm getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens.
My movements, ma'am, are all leg movements. I don't do nothing with my body.
Just because I managed to do a little something, I don't want anyone back home to think I got the big head.
Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
Later on they send me to Hollywood. To make movies. It was all new to me. I was only 21 years old.
I believe in the Bible. I believe that all good things come from God. I don't believe I'd sing the way I do if God hadn't wanted me to.'
I think I have something tonight that's not quite correct for evening wear. Blue suede shoes.
People ask me where I got my singing style. I didn't copy my style from anybody.
I'm not trying to be sexy. It's just my way of expressing myself when I move around.