I quit high school on my birthday. It was my senior year and I didn’t see the point. This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
“I’m not going to be caught around here for any fool celebration. To hell with birthdays!
“If I could be doing anything, I’d be laying on the floor in my birthday suit eating junk food and watching something dumb on TV.
“I was honoured when they asked me to appear at the president’s birthday rally in Madison Square Garden. There was like a hush over the whole place when I came on to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ like if I had been wearing a slip, I would have thought it was showing or something. I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, what if no sound comes out!’
“Youth has no age.
“It takes a long time to become young.
“The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday.
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.