Ben E. King

In New York, I was excited about the music in New York because the only music that I was more or less involved with in the South was either country and western or hillbilly music as we used to call it when I was a kid and, ah, gospel. There was no, there was no in between. And when I got to New York all the other musics that’s in the world just came into my head whether it was the classics, jazz, I never knew what jazz was about all, had heard anything about jazz.

During those times like in my early years as a writer I could actually write a song in ten minutes because all of a sudden a song is writing itself, I’m just putting down words. It just seem each line that you put down flows with the other ones. It’s like writing a love letter you don’t think about it, it’s something from the heart.