I played on a lot of Sinatra sessions. He was simply awesome. He liked to laugh, and he could be one of the boys when he wanted. But he was also a very serious performer.
Some people have said that I can 'hear' a hit song, meaning that I can tell the first time a song is played for me if it has potential. I have been able to hear some of the hits that way, but I can also 'feel' one.
I was very candid in my book because I want people to know the truth... and that people can change for the better.
Perhaps I've found the secret for an unhappy private life. Every three years, I go and marry a girl who doesn't love me, and then she proceeds to take all my money.
I like to play golf. You know, make a little money, lose a little money. Get 10 bucks, lose 20 bucks.
With the TV shows, you get eight zillion people watching you. I was really surprised at the way everything went. I knew television was powerful, but that was just... wow.
I know it was raw in some places, and I was a jerk in some places, but that's the way I was, and I was stupid.
I was out of control... I was a mess, but God has forgiven me.
I don't remember not singing. I started when I was, I don't know how - what, two years old or a year old or something like that.
I just wanted to do a music show, with the whole realm of music from Ella Fitzgerald to rock bands like Cream to Kenny Rogers. We had a lot of country, but we did every kind of music. The Monkees were on, and so was Johnny Cash.
I've laughed, and I've cried. Laughing has got it over crying.
I realize you are going to make mistakes through life. Just don't make any bad ones, you know. Like all of my records are perfect records, but I did make mistakes on them.
Success is not getting what you want, it's enjoying what you have.
You don't play around with a good song. You try to just say it right in the proper place, and if you get the music and voice in tune, you'll be all right. That's always worked for me.
The very first big one I had was 'Turn Around and Look At Me.'
I don't miss television. It's too much hurry up and sit around, wait till they do this and do that, and get the lighting just right. I'd much rather go out on a stage anywhere and just play and sing for an hour.
With the first money I got, I built my parents a house back home, gave them a string of credit cards, and said 'Go.'
I listened to a battery radio, old country and pop stuff. Because I was singing all the time, my dad bought me a $7.50 guitar.
There's a longing in country music that can soften even the rockiest heart.
I just tell you, the Lord's been good to me. Even if I was a rounder, He's been really, really nice to me.
I'm running my life according to what I know to be true from the Bible and the old scribes.
We moved to Los Angeles because our daughter wanted to go to Pepperdine.
Daddy - I remember when he first let me drive the cultivator for him, you know... He eased you into the hard work that you had to do later.
All I ever wanted to do was play the guitar; singing was a sideline.
I'll tell you, my dad played and sang, and it didn't take me long to figure out that playing a guitar was a whole lot better than getting ahold of a hoe handle or chopping cotton, man.
I've often asked myself, how much information can the brain actually hold? There'll probably come a day when you're able to download it; that's what you have to do when the machine's full.
I've been singing and playing the guitar ever since I can remember.
Music is music. It doesn't matter if I am trying to aim at country or trying to aim at pop.
That's what we grew up with - the good songs, the good lyrics, the good big-band stuff. I miss that era.