As a little child I used to listen to my father's big records, big 78's. I used to listen to guys like the big Harry James records and Gene Krupa. We didn't have a lot of money. My parents both worked, and I was born in Boston.
As a little kid I had a girlfriend, and her boyfriend used to beat me up, so then I used to sing these songs, and that's what it's all about. Country music is all about your heart and your people and things like that.
Dick Dale won all these contests using a simple, psychological approach of sensual, driving rhythm, and then one of the major contests was somebody playing like Elvis, and I won. I started drawing like 1,700 kids there.
Every time I went into the studio some engineer tried to impress me with how they're going to capture my sound with all kinds of tricks. But they limited the sound and never allowed me to play how I felt.