Musicians Quotes

Elvis started white people to really sing rock ‘n’ roll.

I think that Elvis was more acceptable being white back in that period. I believe that if Elvis had been Black, he wouldn’t have been as big as he was. If I was white, do you know how huge I’d be? If I was white, I’d be able to sit on top of the White […]

When I first came along, I never heard of any rock ‘n’ roll. I only heard Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Ruth Brown, and Roy Brown. Blues. Fats Domino at the time was playing nothing but low-down blues.

This is my biggest issue with Big Sean and John Legend…they on that train of like, trying to—they just went too easy. I changed both of these people’s lives and they’re about that, ‘Oh don’t pay attention, he’s a rapper, he’s this.’ And it’s like yeah I’m a rapper and obviously I’m a genius too, […]

When the Jackson 5 came to Motown I was fascinated at Michael’s ability to study my every move. He learned everything I knew and everybody else he was interested in, too.

I’ve wondered all my working life why people don’t retire in showbusiness, and it’s fairly simple. There’s nobody applauding at home, so we keep going.

First you create this universe with sound, then it becomes real and you move into it.

I thought my future would be – I’d be a star. I’d be a famous star. I didn’t know how I would do that. In my mind, I thought, well, we’ll start with – I’ll be the next David Bowie, and that’s where it started. But then as life unfolded, other things came up, and […]

Bruce Springsteen is one of my favorite people, not just because of his music, but he’s one of the few men that I know who has really done the work of self-reflection. And he’s willing to share.

I like making new songs and I like playing them live — not tons of them, because you have to slowly incorporate new material since you have an obligation to play the songs that people love, because that’s what they come for.