Podcast Transcript

Narrator:                          Takin’ a Walk.

Felix Cavaliere:                I remember we were walking down the street and we had been told that WABC Cousin Brucie, we were told he was going to play it between 6:00 and 8:00, and it came on and oh man, I’ll tell you what, there was nothing like it. There’s still nothing like it. First time, second time, 10,000 times.

Narrator:                          This is the Takin’ a Walk podcast where your host, Buzz Knight, talks to music insiders about their career and their love of all things music. On this episode, we have another of a long line of Hall of Famers, singer-songwriter Felix Cavaliere, known for a slew of hits from the Rascals. Grooving, A Beautiful Morning, Lonely Too Long, People GOt to Be Free, and so many more. Felix is here to talk music history and his new album, Then and Now, next with Buzz Knight on Takin’ a Walk.

Buzz Knight:                     Well, Felix, it’s so good to see you again. It’s been a long time, my friend. How are you?

Felix Cavaliere:                I’m okay. It’s great to see you. We had a lot of fond memories and some crazy ones.

Buzz Knight:                     Well, we’ll get into all of them, but I want to talk first a little bit about the new project and then we’ll come back-

Felix Cavaliere:                Sure, sure.

Buzz Knight:                     … and talk a little bit more about your touring and future things. So tell me about how the new project came to be and how you feel about it.

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, we come up with an idea, my manager and my guitar player who helps me with the producing, and he’s done a great job. He says, “Man, why don’t we do five old songs that influenced you? Rerecord them, write five new songs, show that kind of influence.” So we started, we got the guys together. I got a great band. That’s one of the nice things about living in Nashville, the musicians down here are fantastic. They’ve all moved here because there’s work, there’s plenty of demo work, there’s plenty of recording work. So we started, we go into a studio, we start cutting tracks and all of a sudden the pandemic, oh boy. So we got kind of locked up for a while so we said, “Okay, what are we going to do?”

                                           Wow, modern technology. We got these computers now, we can do it actually at home. Okay, let’s go. So we started doing it at home and we had a ball. Seriously, because first of all, the people that I work with, my band, they’re the greatest guys in the world, so they’re easy to work with. Everybody’s pleasant, and this is the kind of community is down here in Nashville. Everybody has some sort of a recording studio in their homes. Some have very, very magnificent ones, some have just a computer and some have middle of the road, which is kind of what I do. I like to do my demos at home. So we did it. That’s basically the story.

Buzz Knight:                     How difficult was it for someone who loves being on the road to not be on the road during the pandemic period?

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, if you ask the wives, they’ll tell you how difficult it was. Ringo was just down here. Ringo’s been on the road actually longer than I have been on the road, he’s still doing it. And basically, I have always felt that there’s a tremendous just the receiving of people’s accolades and love and their ears listening, if you don’t have that, it really is something missing. And it may have something to do with your ego, probably, but we love what we do and most of the people I know, the older artists, they’ll tell you the same thing.

Buzz Knight:                     It must’ve been like cutting off your right arm, not being out there, right?

Felix Cavaliere:                Yeah. Well, it is really interesting because I moved down here to Tennessee, to Nashville because of the music business, primarily the writing aspect of it. This place is very well-versed in songwriting. It is believe the songwriting capital right now of the world, with the exception of certainly Europe, where they’re making some great records. But all of us kind of really felt it. But if you had to stop your creativity and you’re touring, there’d be a lot of trouble, a lot of problems.

Buzz Knight:                     Well, and then the other part which everybody experienced was certainly the absence of human connection during this period, you know?

Felix Cavaliere:                Right. No, it was difficult for the whole planet, it’s not just America. But for musicians, our business really suffered a lot, like restaurants did, for example. For example, a lot of the places who had personnel, the personnel left, the crews left, the drivers left, the road managers left, the sound people left. The clubs, and they had to pay their rent, so a lot of them closed. The booking agents, a lot of them lost their agents because the young people were not on any kind of commission or salaries. There’s no work.

                                           It was a tough period, and the government helped out, no question about that. Thank goodness they helped out. And I think like I say, besides the lack of human relationships, you’re cooped up, man. I had a tough time health-wise, not because of the COVID so much as the lack of exercise and the lack of getting out and doing something. That’s the worst thing you could do is just sit down all day and do nothing, and for a while there I was really in trouble.

Buzz Knight:                     So since the podcast is called Takin’ a Walk, and even though we’re virtual, do you take a walk from time to time to free your brain and clear the air?

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, basically what I did is I found this gym around here that had a swimming pool, so I swim. And the swimming really, really, really, really helped me with my physical and with my exercise, my aerobics. I got involved many, many years ago when we knew each other from the past with a guru and I studied yoga, and I still do my yoga. So between that and the gym, I really was able to make it.

Buzz Knight:                     Well, let’s talk about you’re talking about the Maharishi, right?

Felix Cavaliere:                No, no. Swami Satchidananda was my teacher. Maharishi was the guru to the Beatles.

Buzz Knight:                     But you ran into the Maharishi too.

Felix Cavaliere:                Oh, I did at one time. Yeah. I met him actually on a plane.

Buzz Knight:                     So what did your master-

Felix Cavaliere:                Teacher.

Buzz Knight:                     … teach you during the pandemic that was a takeaway that was valuable to be healthy?

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, unfortunately, he was not physically present. He had passed. But what they teach you basically is threefold. It’s a physical. They have the exercises, which is what most people think is yoga. That’s one aspect. So physical, mental, and spiritual health. Seriously, we learn about diet, the different types of diet, but not just for losing weight or something like that, you learn the properties of different diets. And what do I mean by that? I mean if you want a temperament that’s very active, that’s very kind of fiery, have alcohol and meat. Very simple, spices. Look at the countries that eat that way. And if you want a kind of lethargic type of, almost like after a big Thanksgiving dinner, you eat a lot of cheeses and stuff like that, and you get really, “Oh, man, I can hardly wait to move my arm.”

                                           But the spiritual diet is more of a vegetarian type of leafy, like lettuce-y, beanie. You know what I’m saying? And so you learn, so that’s the physical part. As far as the mental part, well, being a musician for all these years, a lot of people don’t realize, nobody tells us what time to get up in the morning or what to do. You got to be self-disciplined to be a musician and if you’re not, you’re going to miss the boat, seriously. So the fact that you’ve got to get up and do exercises or you’ve got to get up and do meditation not only helps you with your mind and your body, but it helps you with your spirit, and it also helps you with your willpower. And so all of these things, once you study with someone, they stick. You do them regardless if they’re here or not.

Buzz Knight:                     It never left you.

Felix Cavaliere:                It really never left me, man, because first of all, I loved him so much. He was a great man besides his teachings. He was a lot of fun to be around. When you meet somebody that’s really got tremendous knowledge or wisdom, it’s really nice. So when you learn, you learn. And I learned. I learned, and so I continued to do it. It’s a lot easier when you’re in a community. You’re with a bunch of people like a minion or something like that, and you can have meetings and stuff like that, but Nashville really doesn’t really do much yoga. They got different things that they do here. So I do it by myself, and I’ve got some friends and of course my family.

Buzz Knight:                     So do you remember the first time you knew you’d be hooked on music your entire life?

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, yeah, kind of. Like I say, I was studying classical music at the time, and I was really young. Basically, my mom wanted me to be a classical pianist if I was going to do anything in music, and what happened is you have obviously lessons, very strict lessons. And that kind of bothered me because I kind of felt like being creative, but every time I would do something that was not on the written page, the teacher would smash my hand. “Listen, if Schubert wanted you to do that, he’d have written it. You understand? Play it like it’s written.” So I had this kind of desire to do something, and what that led to was practice time that instead of doing the lessons, I would just go into this creative place. And the creative place is where everyone goes when they’re writing a song or they’re writing music, and I really got to like it. So hooked is the right word. Yeah, I really got to like it. In other words, I’m going to disappear over here for an hour, an hour and a half. I’ll be right back.

Buzz Knight:                     Do you remember the first time you heard one of your songs on the radio?

Felix Cavaliere:                Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. The band, the Rascal guys, of course actually, the first time I heard a Rascals song, I remember with The Rascals. Prior to that, I was at Syracuse University and I did a single up there called The Syracuse, and I remember that vividly also because there was a local guy who signed me up and screwed me over, but I did a song called The Syracuse. But with the band, I remember we were walking down the street and we had been told that WABC Cousin Brucie, who’s a dear friend… I like to hang around with DJs, you guys are great… we were told he was going to play it between 6:00 and 8:00 on 77 ABC.

                                           So we had a little transistor radio and we were walking, I think we were like on the street in New York City, we were living there. And it came on and oh, man, I’ll tell you what, there was nothing like it. There’s still nothing like it. First time, second time, 10,000 times. I’m in a place and all of a sudden somebody plays one of the songs, most people don’t know that’s me. You know what I’m saying? It’s been so long. And we were before MTV, so people really don’t know our faces as much as they know others. It’s still a thrill, it really is, and it brings back all memories. Oh God, I remember that. And oh man, I remember that. And it brings a little sadness too because we lost our drummer, but it’s a gas.

Buzz Knight:                     How does it make you feel that so many people, me included, often wake up and you’re trying to start the day with some positivity, and then you suddenly think, “Oh my God, what’s going through my head? A Beautiful Morning by the Rascals. Holy smokes.” How does that make you feel that there’s a population to this day that thinks that way?

Felix Cavaliere:                I think it’s great. When I wrote the song we were out in Hawaii, which was a stronghold for us. Really, really, we were very important in Hawaii. And at the time, we had a number one record. We were just coming off Grooving, and I had a beautiful girlfriend and the sun was shining. I said, “This is what I got to write about today. Oh yeah.” And I had a friend who went to Notre Dame and he told me that on his way to school, to college every day, if he heard that he didn’t go. He kept on driving.

Buzz Knight:                     That’s so amazing, my God.

Felix Cavaliere:                Yeah, it’s a good feeling.

Narrator:                          We’ll be right back with more of the Takin’ a Walk podcast.

                                           Welcome back to the Takin’ a Walk podcast.

Buzz Knight:                     Do you sing around the house?

Felix Cavaliere:                Not as a rule, no. I kind of save it for my studio and stuff like that. I don’t know why. But what happens is, and my wife really freaks out because we have ears to listen and when I’m in a store or something and I hear sometimes they have these great stations on, I plant myself under the speaker. I just say, “Oh, man.” And she just laughs because the music that we grew up on, it’s just amazing music. And so when I hear like, “Man, that’s Wilson Pickett up there, man. Wow. Are you kidding me, man?” Wow. In other words, it’s still with you and I think that our generations really have that. We really love what we had in those days in our little boxes.

Buzz Knight:                     So I got a question from one of the listeners of the podcast, Diane, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She wanted me to ask you to recall the first time you met the gents from Liverpool known as The Beatles.

Felix Cavaliere:                Oh, sure. Yeah. Well, the story is very simple. I was a college student at Syracuse and I started a band up there, and we got a summer job at the Raleigh Hotel in the Catskills. I loved it. I was having so much fun. Every weekend there would be a so-called star or band or group or comedian come in. Well, one weekend, Joey D and the Starlighters came in. Okay. Little did I know that it was going to change my entire planet. So they saw me, they left. At the end of the summer, I thought I was going back to school. Instead, I got a phone call that said Joey’s organ player had quit, had gotten married, missed his wife, and they were in Europe and they needed an organ player. Would I be interested? Well, I had to ask my dad, of course. I  say, “Dad, what do you think? What do, you think, should I go over there? Should I go?”

                                           And he was kind overwhelmed, not because of anything except for the fact that I was working in a major hotel and I was really actually making $60 a week, really actually making $60 for the whole week. And he said, “Well, why don’t you go try, check it out. Take a year off, see what happens,” which I’ll always be thankful for because it’s a long shot. I go over, I fly over. I’ve in Frankfurt, Germany and there’s this group that’s opening up for Joey D and we had never heard of them. They’re called the Beatles. Everybody’s screaming and making noise, and I said, “Wow, what is this?” “Oh, that’s the Beatles. They’re going to be big. They’re going to be big.” So I remember listening, and I’ve told this story so many times, but when they played American songs, I said, “Oh, okay. What’s the big deal?”

                                           They were all right, but when they did their songs, which was kind of unique because nobody really did their own songs in those days. Bob Dylan did, but the clubs frowned on you doing your own songs, you do covers or you don’t work. But when they did their own songs, it was really magical. I remember, “oh, I’ll tell you something.” Wow, that’s cool, man. It’s very different, the beats, the way their rhythm. And I said to myself, I said, “I think I could do this.” But meeting Beatles was not easy because they were just swamped with people. You couldn’t get very close. So over the years, I did get to know a matter of fact every one of them to a degree.

                                           John was the most distant because see, John couldn’t see you too well so he’d go like this all the time, man. He’d look at you like this, you’d say, “Well, he don’t like me.” You know what I’m saying? And he also was a tough guy. You know what I’m saying? But George, I got to know the best, and that’s because of his interest in yoga as well. Ringo, I toured with, and Paul, I have so much respect for him. His music is par excellence. There’s only two people, maybe three with Elton John, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon. Those are the guys, Billy Joel. So I got to know them, but it’s very difficult to know a Beatle. Beatles, they’re from outer space. They’re not normal people. They’re aliens, for sure.

Buzz Knight:                     Outer space.

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, they’re aliens. They landed here somehow, I don’t know how.

Buzz Knight:                     What about those aliens, the Rolling Stones? What was your first encounter with them?

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, we got to know them a little bit. We got to know I remember Brian. They were tough. They were tough. We were over in England and we got invited to a session, and they were very different. But the thing that will always impress me about the Stones is their intelligence. They’re very, very smart people, and that’s been proven by their longevity and the fact that they’re in the Fortune 500. Most of us, seriously, without a manager, a good manager, a smart manager, an honest manager, I don’t care how good we are, we really don’t have a chance. The groups that are legendary, they’ve had good managers, every single one of them. The Stones pretty much had the brains to do it themselves. They had some help, no question about it. They had people that came in, but for the most part, these fellas, they knew what they were doing.

                                           “Well, let’s see. The Beatles are the nice guys, we’re going to be the bad guys. Beatles are the guys that dress up nice and neat, and we’re going to dress up like hippies, slob,” whatever you want to call it. How smart is that? That’s what we call business marketing savvy. I have a lot of respect for them, man. A lot of respect, because a lot of musicians are really not smart. They’re great musicians, but they don’t see reality, and reality’s important when you’re walking across the street. Oh, there’s a car. Yeah, pay attention, dude. Yeah. So I have a lot of respect for them. Bill Wyman I believe was his name, he was the most friendly and poor Brian, man, he was just looped, man. He was too high. It wasn’t healthy. And now I’ve got a dear friend who’s taking Charlie’s place, Charlie the drummer, Steve Jordan, so we’ve got a link. We got a little link over there with those guys.

Buzz Knight:                     Who partied harder, the Stones or the Beatles?

Felix Cavaliere:                Wow. Well, if you look at the way it was exposed to the media, you got to say the Stones, but I don’t believe it.

Buzz Knight:                     I remember you told me about encountering the great Jimi Hendrix. Can you reflect on how special he was?

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, I’ll tell you, I just came across a video. I think there’s a British magazine called Sound on Sound, it’s all about gear. They put out a cameo of the historic meeting when Jimmy went to England and all those guys, those Jeff Becks and those Jimmy Pages and those Eric Claptons heard him, and it’s recorded live. I’m going to send you that, man, because let me tell you something, wow. This guy blew their minds, literally, and you could see it because one guy started crying because he was so good. He was so amazingly adept that there was nothing you could say. I think it was Kareem was on stage, and he asked to sit in. And he sat in and it was like, “Oh my God. What just happened up there? Was that Thor, the God of lightning that just came on his stage, the God of thunder?”

                                           He was a really soft and gentle guy, believe it or not. It’s like when he put that instrument in his hand, it was a different being that was out there. But he was a real soft-spoken guy, a little shy. Of course, his life was not the most pleasant life growing up, so he had a tough time. But the music, of course, brought everything out that he had. But he was a very giving guy. A lot of musicians, especially guitarists, they won’t show you how to play that. They won’t show you, “This is how I do this.” Some will, like Joe Bonamassa, who’s a good friend. He’s great. But a lot of guys like, “Oh, this is my thing, man.” He’d show you because you couldn’t do it anyway.

Buzz Knight:                     Yeah, yeah.

Felix Cavaliere:                Couldn’t do it Anyway.

Buzz Knight:                     And you did mention Bob Dylan. I got to ask about your encounters with Bob and then how do you reflect on where he’s at at this phase of his life as a prolific road warrior as well?

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, as far as meeting Bob Dylan, that was another space alien that came to the planet because he was very, very different. He came to see us when we were working in New York City because we did one of his songs, Like a Rolling Stone. A lot of the people that I know here in Nashville have been in his bands, and you just can’t say enough about the talent that this man has. His songs are just, well, he won the Nobel Prize, didn’t he?

Buzz Knight:                     Yes.

Felix Cavaliere:                What musician wins Nobel Prizes? Scientists. So that speaks for itself. He’s just amazing, and a friend of mine just went to see him in New York City. He did a stint, I think it was at the Beacon, and he’s now playing piano and I hear he is playing it great. So he’s not a singer, obviously, but nobody seems to care that he can’t sing, man, because he sure and write. It’s phenomenal. One of the best that ever lived in the music industry, for sure.

Buzz Knight:                     For sure. Yeah, no doubt. So you remember that horrible afternoon I invited you to come play softball-

Felix Cavaliere:                Yes, I do.

Buzz Knight:                     … with the I-95 softball team?

Felix Cavaliere:                Yeah.

Buzz Knight:                     Do you remember what a terrible throw I threw to you and you ended up in the emergency room as a result of my bad arm?

Felix Cavaliere:                No, it wasn’t that. No, basically, I had the wrong shoes on. In other words, if you remember, it was raining a little bit and I didn’t have cleats, so my foot slipped and then when it caught, it broke the ankle. But it had nothing to do with that. You’re supposed to have the right shoes on when you play ball, and I didn’t. I slid on the grass. I always loved sports, but it’s a good thing I know music, you know what I’m saying? It was fun. We had a good time up there in Connecticut. I still have friends up there, but I only get up there when I work at the Ridgefield Playhouse-

Buzz Knight:                     Oh, there you go.

Felix Cavaliere:                … which is always fun. Always fun.

Buzz Knight:                     Yeah. See, I think the story was I’m a terrible thrower and you had to sort of do something awkward and thereby twist your ankle from my bad throwing arm.

Felix Cavaliere:                No, I remember because I was going forward and my right left foot just slid on the grass and then it stopped, and when it stopped because of the dry grass-

Buzz Knight:                     I tell people the story, I say, “Felix is such a great guy. We became friendly-

Felix Cavaliere:                But he can’t catch.

Buzz Knight:                     … and I ended up taking him to the emergency room in Bridgeport where for three hours, I think, we waited for a doctor.

Felix Cavaliere:                Nothing new, right?

Buzz Knight:                     Oh my goodness.

Felix Cavaliere:                No,. Hey, it happens, man. What are you going to do? I used to play-

Buzz Knight:                     I apologize. If I haven’t apologized, I apologize.

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, please. Like I said, get me some cleats.

Buzz Knight:                     Oh my God. So talk about you have your daughters, obviously, but one daughter in particular has a recording career, correct?

Felix Cavaliere:                Well, not really a career. She has a desire to sing and she also has a family and kids, so she is trying to combine the two to a degree. And raising kids is a career. Whether we like it or not, man, there’s no time for a career. But I did a duet with her on one album. I want to do some more with her, but I think basically she’s just really anxious to make records, make music, and just maybe not get out there so much, just do it. That’s Aria. Aria Cavaliere.

Buzz Knight:                     And what do you make of the state of the music business now?

Felix Cavaliere:                State of confusion. Well, we could talk for a long time about the changes in our industry here, but when it first became lucrative was I believe when Zeppelin was around. Zeppelin, when Atlantic became Warner Brothers and now the entire world was able to purchase your album. See, when we were on Atlantic, every country in the world had a different record company. In other words, we were Atlantic in US, but in Britain we were Barclays, in France, so it was impossible. So when that happened, okay, now you’ve got this thing basically that used to be called LPs. Wow. An LP makes some serious money, especially internationally. And then along come this guy up in Northeastern University up there, and he creates this way you can stream. And then this humongous company called Apple says, “Well, we can do that. We’re going to call it iTunes, and you’re going to pay 99 cents.” Okay, album was what, 1999? 99 cents? So let’s see, what am I taking home? 35 cents. Business changed.

                                           Not only did the business change, then we got Spotify and we got Title and we’ve got Apple Music, we got Google, we got YouTube. Hello. Can anybody see me? No. So in other words, what was I reading about? This humongous hit that had about 2 million, maybe 3 million streams and they made like $20,000. So our business really took a beating in terms of what we used to earn, songwriters, publishers, and artists. So now it becomes, “Well, we’re going to go on the road because if we go on the road, we get paid, actually get paid. What a concept.” You know what I’m saying? Whereas unless you’re Beyonce or Taylor Swift or Drake or one of these people, you’re not really getting big numbers anymore from streaming. And if you are, you’ve cut some sort of a deal that I don’t know about. So it’s really changed.

                                           And then as far as the music is concerned, and we could talk for hours about that, now you have a situation where there may be four or five writers on a song. Seriously, the people who do the programming, because everything pretty much is done on a computer. Ultimately, if it’s started in a recording studio, it’s going to end up on somebody’s box somewhere, they get cut in. The people who do the drums, which are very important in many records, they get cut in. Okay, so now I got five people cutting into nothing. So it’s very different. And then you’ve got the machines that as I say, they came in, they do very well for us, but they’ve changed. You don’t even have to play an instrument to make a record now. You could sample, take this thing and put it in. Oh, that a great drum track. Did you play it? “No.” Did anybody you know play it? “No, but there it is.” It’s rolling right into your they call them DAWs, DAWs, Logic, Pro Tools, et cetera.

                                           Okay. “Oh, look at this keyboard part. Wow, I like that. Let me put that in. I didn’t play that either.” It’s amazing. So it’s like doing a collage of music when you can make a music in your home and you don’t have to play an instrument. “Oh, I don’t sing too well.” “Oh, don’t worry about that. I’ll tune you up. I got this thing called Auto-Tune. Oh, man, no problem. See?” Wow. Interesting. Now we’ve got AI. It’s a good thing I had my record because that’s pretty interesting. And a lot of people have opinions about AI. I think it’s the big thing right now. I like to go back to my teacher, my guru, and when someone would ask them a question in the old days, they were asking, “Well, what do you think about good and bad?” He said, “Well, take electricity.” He said, “If you plug an iron in, it’s good. If you plug your finger in, it’s bad,” and that’s the way I look at ai. But it’s just really interesting what’s out there now.

                                           And I say interesting because it’s difficult as a classical trained musician, and most of the people, you have some sort of training, trying to figure out what the hell they’re doing here. It’s like well, I got three words. I just wrote the whole song. Wait a minute, you got a second part? Nope. So what I do, and I’m a big Spotify listener, Apple Music, I’ll be honest, I love the fact that I can pick up this little box and listen to anything all over the world because I lost my music collection in a fire, and I had a fantastic music collect. I’ve been tuning into international music mostly, and I’m sure a lot of the younger people, they listen to Ed Sheeran and people like that, they’ve been listening to a lot of international music also because they’re doing these collaborations with these people from Nigeria.

                                           There’s a guy by the name of Burna Boy that if you don’t know, you should know because he’s phenomenal. Well, Ed Sheeran knows him and all those people, Drake knows him. They all know that there’s some phenomenal music overseas, phenomenal, and I kind of tune into that. When I’m in the gym working out, I play that because the rhythms are so fantastic. Don’t really understand the lyrics, but you don’t really have to. It is just great. So anyway, long answer to a short question, music today is really, really, really different. Really different.

Buzz Knight:                     So 2024, you’ll be out on the road a lot, I’m guessing.

Felix Cavaliere:                I hope so. I hope to get back. I’ve got the greatest bunch of guys in the world in my band because they’re really patient waiting for us to get back to work. A lot of times you lose your band if you’re not working and I’m really blessed to have these guys, because not only are they great musicians, they’re great human beings.

Buzz Knight:                     So last question, Felix. If you could play with someone either living or dead that you have not played with either in a studio or in a live setting, who would that be?

Felix Cavaliere:                Wow, that’s a really good question because there’s so many. I don’t know. I think I’d like to try Otis Redding because we got to know those guys over in Atlantic Records and Otis was, first of all, one of the coolest guys you ever want to meet, man. He had this great sense of humor and man, was he good. When people like him take a song, for example, Try a Little Tenderness, and they put a stamp on it that everybody thinks it’s theirs, that means they’re pretty darn good. You know what I’m saying? Because so many people have recorded it. He did that often and he was taken from us too soon, so I got to say, he’s one of the guys I’d love to just sit in with if I could.

Buzz Knight:                     Oh, that’s so special, and you’re so special. It’s so great to reconnect with you.

Felix Cavaliere:                Yeah. It was great to see you, my man.

Buzz Knight:                     And congratulations on the new release and the next tour and just being out there and being Felix, man.

Felix Cavaliere:                God bless you, man. You look good. You look well, and you’re still smiling. I like that.

Buzz Knight:                     Bless you. Thank you, my buddy.

Felix Cavaliere:                You too. Take care of yourself.

Buzz Knight:                     All right, all the best. Thanks, Felix.

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About The Author

Buzz Knight

Buzz Knight is an established media executive with a long history of content creation and multi-platform distribution.

After a successful career as a Radio Executive, he formed Buzz Knight Media which focuses on strategic guidance and the development of new original content.