Benny Carter was my friend.
I once asked him how he managed to sustain a career for over seven decades and he said: "Phil! Only go first class!"
I thought I would be clever and continued;
"And only play with economy?"
His eyes twinkled and he said: "Phil! You should have your own TV show!"
God bless Benny 'the King" Carter!
His widow Hilma always called me the Prince.
Heady stuff indeed!