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And back in those days, I was born in '39, there was no television.
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And I don't do parodies. I do comedy songs.
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And I was a big fan of Spike Jones, Dave Gardner, who was a great southern comedian back in those days.
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And of course, I come from small-town America, my experience had not been in the inner cities, other than from looking at it from my own perspective.
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And, you know, I never considered myself exclusively tied to any particular style of music.
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As far as marketing your records is concerned, you have to stick with one bag, or the radio stations don't know what to do.
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Back in those days, we weren't so hung up on demographics and radio stations played a playlist of all styles of music.
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Branson, for the most part, was people who were only known in that area.
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But by the same token, I want it to be good musically as well as funny, and not only the lyric but in the production and the sounds that tell the story.
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But I also got to play on a lot of the sessions - I did 300 sessions that first year, 62 in Nashville. And of course the $50 a week was nothing compared to what I made doing recording sessions.
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But I see where I've screwed up big time - I see things that I could have done differently and had a lot more successful ride here. But of course, hindsight is 20/20.
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But I used to sing background on a lot of sessions, I played keyboards on a lot of sessions.
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But in my exuberance, I had neglected to get permission from the folks who owned the character Sergeant Preston to use him in a song, and so they made us kill the record.
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But it never occurred to me that you can't use a known character in a song unless you get permission.
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But then I've surprised myself and found myself agreeing a lot with some of the views held by the Democrats and the left side.
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Clyde is a direct marketing label.
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I am first and foremost a musician.
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I arranged a lot of the Ronnie Dove hits.
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I didn't know anything about marketing.
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I feel very lucky to have had the success that I've had.
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I give people a lot more credit for being diversified than a lot of people in this business do.
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I had just signed with Barnaby, and I had also just been told I was going to host Andy Williams' show over the summer, and I wanted my first record on Barnaby to be a hit, and I wanted a song that could possibly be used for the theme of the summer show.
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I have had a wonderful run in Branson and it is an important part of my 50 year career in the music business.
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I love music, but I do have a sense of humor and I love to do a funny song.
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I loved the Sun records too, when they came later - Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
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I mean, I've - I think I've wanted to write songs and make records since I was a sperm. So, thank goodness I was able to do that - so far.
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I not only want the lyric but the production and the sound to tell the story.
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I rely on my impressions of things that I read about or see.
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I think I'm a little different from a lot of people inasmuch as I am first and foremost a musician.
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I used to sing with the Jordanaires when one of their guys got sick and stuff like that.
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I was one of the first celebrity entertainers to go into Branson.
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I was still in high school and made my first record in Nashville at what's now called RCA Studio B.
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I wouldn't mind having an ocean going boat. And keep it down in South Florida somewhere. That might be fun.
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I'm a terrible trumpet player.
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If there's a topic everybody is talking about, then there's usually a good comedy song in there somewhere.
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It takes a long - a lot more time to record these days.
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It's really a lot - you get a lot more, I think, creative freedom today due to the technology than you had back then, but it's not as exciting.
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Me and Jerry Reed and Joe South and all the guys down there, we'd show up every day and bug the engineer and get him to do stuff.
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No, I like all kind of music, comedy music being one facet of that.
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Now I want to take some time to do some things that are not possible when you are committed to 8-12 shows a week for 8-10 months each year.
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The only Elvis session I ever played on, I played an instrument that I could barely hold.
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The only Elvis session I was on, I played trumpet on it, with Charlie McCoy.
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Then my records kinda tapered off. It's my fault, because I didn't pay enough attention to being a star. I was still enamored with life in the studio and producing.
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Usually if it's something I think is funny then other people probably think it's funny, too.
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We didn't have any gigs where you sat down and played every night, because we were schoolboys. Later on, when we got out of school, I played everywhere and everything.
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Well, you know, I don't think I have a very heavy reputation; I mean - but the song was a fun song.
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You have to do two shows a day, six days a week for six months at a time - plus you have to spend two months gearing up for the next season, and a month or so winding down. So you've only got three months to take a breather inbetween seasons, and I decided I'd better get out of here or I'd be dead.
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You know, every hit's a surprise - don't get me wrong.
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You know, I'm interested in politics, but I - and a lot of the Republican or right-wing views I agree with wholeheartedly.
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