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Born: 1940-05-26
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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My dad and I played music. He teaches me a song or two every time I'm home.

Tags: Home, Music, Time

The Band never really played big concert tours. We never sold millions and millions of albums.

Tags: Band, Big, Played

The crowd is just as important as the group. It takes everything to make it work.

Tags: Group, Takes, Work

The Jungle Bush Beaters didn't last too long as a group, but we had a pretty good time while we did.

Tags: Good, Pretty, Time

The way to do it is to put as much life into the song as I can. You can either get it to breathe or you can't.

Tags: Life, Put, Song

There were no rules, other than that the song should sound good and be fun to play.

Tags: Fun, Good, Song

We all love musical architecture; there's no doubt about that.

Tags: Doubt, Love, Music

Well, somebody's got to sing. They won't hire you unless you sing.

Tags: Somebody, Unless, Won

With horns and a full rhythm section, the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.

Tags: Best, Full, House

Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up. He had a series of good bands. I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me. And he did a couple of times.

Tags: Good, Hero, Wanted

We're all dealt with the same hand here, so to speak. I feel like I've had it a lot better than most people. I've had the opportunity to travel and play music all my life.

Tags: Life, Music, Travel

You can either make it come around or you can't. By the time we would be ready to record a song, we would know for sure that it was the best way we could do it.

Tags: Best, Song, Time

Drums usually seem to tune themselves.

Tags: Drums, Seem, Themselves

If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out.

Tags: Help, Music, Wrong

Drums just always sounded like the most fun part of that good music for me.

Tags: Fun, Good, Music

I don't fool with a lot of things that I can't have fun with. There's not much reward in that.

Tags: Fool, Fun, Reward

I love horns, and the bigger the band, the better it sounds to my ear.

Tags: Band, Love, Sounds

A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that I should get in the musicians' union. He gave me a set of drums and said, Stay on the job, son.

Tags: Friend, Job, Son

Anytime I switch to another instrument, I immediately turn it into another kind of drum so that I can understand it better.

Tags: Another, Turn, Understand

Forever Young, by Dylan, is one of my favorite songs.

Tags: Forever, Songs, Young

Good times don't last long sometimes.

Tags: Good, Last, Sometimes

I was in high school, trying to get out of high school. The only thing slowing me up was grades.

Tags: High, School, Trying

The rock star stuff never came up for us. The Band was never attacked by groupies before, during or after any show that we ever played.

Tags: After, Rock, Show

When the second record came out, they started calling it The Band. I voted to call it The Crackers. I'm no fool.

Tags: Fool, Second, Started

By the time The Band did The Last Waltz, the chemistry had changed, and it wasn't a thrill anymore to live that studio kind of life.

Tags: Last, Life, Time

Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian.

Tags: Dad, Great, Mom
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Don't we all want what's best for each other?

Tags: Best

I like to get within handshaking distance of the crowd. If it happens, they know it, we know it, and that's all we came here for.

Tags: Happens, Here, Within

I like walking on the edge.

Tags: Edge, Walking

I never subscribe to the stay-at-home policy. I'm not sick of the road or sick of eating in good restaurants around the country. I like to travel.

Tags: Country, Good, Travel

I played some Yamaha drums that I like a lot. And I like the Yamaha people a lot too. They've been really nice to me and The Band.

Tags: Band, Nice, Played

I've had all the lessons I could get. I've learned from everybody I've ever met.

Tags: Everybody, Learned, Lessons

If things are going slow, I'm itchy.

Tags: Itchy, Slow

If you feel like you're getting into a rut with a song, a night off usually fixes it.

Tags: Night, Off, Song

If you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart and good performance, the song will play you.

Tags: Give, Good, Heart

Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end, it's hard for me to resist.

Tags: End, Hard, Song

Most of our stuff was trial and error. You live with a tape recorder, you turn it on, you play the song and you listen to it.

Tags: Listen, Song, Stuff