What kind of music styles were you listening to?
Oh, I grew up playing all kinds of pop music, and country music, the real old country & western and western-swing.
The first band I ever played with was a western-swing band.
It had some very famous American players in it, so I was very fortunate to start out with a good band.
And then I went from that to dixieland, to jazz, played classical music...
I mean, I've played a lot of different kinds of music.
What did you think of Elvis Presley in those days?
In 1956, I was playing with the western-swing band I told you about, and we were the house-band for a band that was playing at the Northside Coliseum in Forth Worth.
They had a radio-show much like the Louisiana Hayride, so every Saturday night we'd drive over to Fort Worth.
One Saturday night, I had my girlfriend with me, and they told us this young guy named Elvis Presley was coming that night.
And sure enough, in comes Elvis with Scotty and Bill, no drums.
Elvis looked his typical way as he did in '56, and I didn't like him for two reasons: One, my girlfriend went crazy (laughs).
Two, he borrowed our guitarplayer's beautiful old Martin D-18 classic guitar after he'd already destroyed all the strings on his, and he just trashed it, marked up all the wood on it, you know.
So we thought: "Ah, this guy is just... ".
I told him that story later on when I met him.
But I was never really a big fan of his until 1969, and I met him.
Once you meet him and you understand the charisma that the man had, you just can't help but love what he does.
We immediatly had a great rapport.
Visually, our eyes were constantly watching eachother.