I always wanted to sing a jazz record.
Everyone in the group sang when I joined them. That was one of the problems with L.T.D.: there was no focal point. It took until 1976, or about six or seven years, before I was put into the spotlight as a vocalist. That's when I recorded 'Love Ballad,' and it became a hit for the group.
My father was incredible on trumpet and played with the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.