I still think my whole career was accidental. I didn't pursue it. I feel like I'm cheating sometimes.
You were able to sing something they related to instantly, because it was part of what you felt. It was part of what you had already traveled through. It's part of the people you were associating with daily. It was all of that.
At that time, we were in charge. We didn't ask. We just did. We just did what was in our heart.
And, because there was an honesty about all that was going on. It connected with the people in the street.
When we took on the name The Drifters, we became the new Drifters, and signed a contract to be put on salary, which I think was like a hundred dollars a week, a piece, five hundred dollars for all five of us.
I do like what Alicia Keys and John Legend are doing. With their music, you keep your clothes on.
Those things don't happen today. I feel sorry for the kids in the industry today. They have on sunglasses, eat caviar in jet planes, but they'll never know the true feeling that we did.
I never even visualized for a second doing what I'm doing.
We were doing things with a hundred per cent feeling. It wasn't programmed. It wasn't asked for. It wasn't structured. It was just there. It was very raw. I don't think the industry would allow that to happen again.
If there's anything about the business that I love and that I'm extremely happy about, is that my career started at that time and that I met some of the greatest entertainers at that time and some are still here.
It doesn't take me long to write songs.
It never dawned on me at any particular time of my life that people are paid tremendous money to sing.
Yeah. I've been pretty fortunate to travel I guess, all around the place.
It would probably take me an hour to two to write it down, get the feel of it, and that's with quite a few changes. It's not really a hard thing for me to do.
Of course, the kids who had never heard of a person called Ben E. King were then aware of the name associated with the song. That gave a tremendous lift to me as an artist.
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