“I enjoy music â€“ of just any kind. I can see value in just any musical endeavour, y’know. And my influences stretch wayback. I was brought up on 40s music â€“ stuff we had around the house, like the Andrews Sisters, Boswell Sisters, Bing Crosby and all these people. And Patti Page â€“ I have a long history of Patti Page.
“Then when rock n’ roll came along, I got in with the roots of rock music â€“ rhythm n’ blues and race music. I’d like to get through all kinds of music in my career. I’d like to present a show that would set people’s heads swimming with all the different styles.” (Musical Express, 1973)