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About two months into the Whisky, I borrowed some money and rented a remote recording truck.
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After that initial success, every chance we got we'd hire that remote recording truck and just record stuff at the Whisky because it was so inexpensive.
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Alan's publishing company was in the Brill Building, and of course, the Brill Building was where all the songwriters hung out because that's where all the publishers were.
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And all I was doing was playing all those funky blues tunes and rock and roll songs I'd played with my band back in Baton Rouge in the '50s.
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Anybody who played a guitar, I'd sit there and watch them and get them to show me something, like how to make a certain chord.
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But I always loved songs with great lyrics.
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Even Woodstock turned out to be a disaster. Everybody was stuck in the mud and people got sick.
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Guys like Otis Blackwell and Bobby Darin, and all the guys who were writing songs for Elvis at the time, just hanging around, writing songs, talking about music.
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I accepted an offer to do a concert for the reopening of the Mall of Memphis.
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I got to see all these incredible blues players, like Jimmy Reed.
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I had just started writing some songs. I hadn't written that many, but I had been playing around Baton Rouge with my band.
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I just loved working with musicians.
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I learned some chords and I started watching anybody I could, once I really got into it.
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I like that fingerpicking style.
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I loved playing and I was actually working two jobs.
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I think after 1970 or so, after I sold Soul City, I took off for awhile and didn't do too many gigs.
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I think my favorite album was probably Realization.
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I think that was one of the things that was so catchy about my early guitar riffs - any amateur could play them.
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I was working at this club in downtown L.A. from four to eight at night, just Eddie Rubin, the drummer, and I.
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I went back and played around Baton Rouge with my band, went back to school, and then went to Nashville for awhile.
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I'd gone through periods where I didn't work live performances for probably seven or eight months at a time.
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I've got a Fender Concert amp from the '60s, the one Joe Osborn used. He played his bass through it.
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In 1965, Gibson made the red one I use now, and a black one, which was the first black 335 they ever made.
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In early '57, I bought a Fender Telecaster.
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It was a real interesting time because of the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll, with artists like Fats Domino.
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It was a trio - Eddie Rubin was playing drums, Joe Osborn on bass. And that's when we got approached on the idea of the Whisky A Go-Go.
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Jack and I usually get together and sit around in the afternoons and start throwing ideas around.
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My first really good guitar was a Gibson J-45.
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Not knowing any better, instead of working out something and keeping both, I traded my Strat on the red 335, which is the guitar I wound up using on all those hits.
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On January 15 of '64, we opened the Whisky and it was a smash from opening night.
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One of the first groups we signed was the Fifth Dimension.
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One thing will lead to another and somebody will come up with a riff or a line or something we build from.
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The country guys were really popular - guys like Chet Atkins and Merle Travis.
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The first amp I had back in the '50s was a small Fender.
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The first time I went to New York, I met Alan Freed.
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The web site and the Internet are a whole new ball game.
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Well, when my contract expired with Imperial we got into negotiating a new contract.
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What I really remember is that people camped out everywhere, and the fact everybody expected it might turn into a big nightmare with all sorts of hassles because back in those days everybody was smoking pot and taking acid.
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When I came back to California in the early '60s I was hanging out with Jimmy Bowen, Phil Spector, and I wanted to be a record producer and work with other artists.
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