I wanted this book to be written so that the people could get some insight into what musicians had to go through in those early days, especially mentioning about Prohibition. I don’t want to hide that I drank. How I’m living today after going through that period, I’ll never know. I had some rough times, like getting drunk and sick, having the DTs, jumping up in the middle of the night and almost having to be put in a strait-jacket. I wish I hadn’t drunk so damn much. Any musician that’s living now that went through Prohibition and drank all that bad liquor will know what I’m talking about. If I hadn’t met my wife Helen, I’d probably have been gone by now; she cooled me down quite a bit. I’ve been lucky all my life, especially with women, even Gladys in Seattle and Margaret. I wasn’t married to Gladys but I was married to Margaret and at the time I was very unhappy, but it was just one of those things where you don’t hit it off for some reason. Everybody’s not compatible, but Helen and I certainly are. She softened me up, changed the course of my life. Since I’ve been with her, she knows I haven’t been tempted to do nothing. Once in a while I might get carried away with a few nips but nothing bothers me, so far as spending money, getting cars or chasing other broads goes. I just love to be home. Anyway, I think a reformed musician makes the best husband of all. I want to let people know about the insides and outs of musicians, that musicians are human beings just like anybody else and not bums like the great majority of people think. We have the same problems as you do. Like I said, Helen has helped me a helluva lot. I’ve seen so many musicians have headaches with women.
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