Daniel, 57, shared the most important things he's learnt through his life in the spotlight, and reveals the greatest love of his life.
My motto for life is, ‘If you can do something for somebody, then try to do it.’
It’s important to respect other people.
You can look at all the religions in the world, but if we can’t relate to one another we may as well give up on religion.
If you believe in God, the closest you’re going to get to God is the next person you meet, so how you relate to them is important.
I’m not Gandhi, I don’t spend my whole time helping other people, but I do what I can.
Sometimes the greatest gift I can give is my time.
I’m not materialistic and I don’t have anything I couldn’t walk away from.
God forbid if the house was on fire, there is nothing I’d run back for, other than my wife Majella.
Even at Christmas there’s this big thing of what people will get me and I don’t want anything.
I wash my face with aqueous cream, so I tell them just to get me that, or a pair of underwear – something I can use.
My mother was a huge influence on my life.
My father died when I was six and she was mother and father to all of us.
I was the youngest and my brothers and sisters had all left home by the time I was 10.
My mother was a strong character.
She tried her best to make sure we did everything in the right fashion, but she was very encouraging too.
She was always pushing me forward and she loved music.
We were very close and she lived a great life – she lived to be almost 95 and saw seven great-grandchildren born.
I would tell my 18 year-old self to be more confident.
It’s very hard not to be self-conscious when you’re young.
Maybe it’s a good thing that we’re not too cocky, but I would have liked to have believed in myself a bit more and not been as affected by what I thought people might be thinking about me.
Majella is the greatest love of my life.
She’s brought so much to me.
We met when I was in my late 30s.
I wasn’t unhappy before I met her, I just didn’t realise how much happier I could be.
We were lucky our paths crossed at that time.
In life, everything that is meant to happen, happens, and everything happens at the right time and for a reason, so I don’t have regrets.
I could say, ‘I wish I’d met Majella sooner’, but she was married and maybe I wasn’t ready because I was working.
You can’t do everything.
In the 1990s I suffered exhaustion.
I think it was simply too much work – I was over-extending myself.
I was hoarse and just couldn’t get singing.
Maybe we have an in-built mechanism that saves us from things, and the only way to make me stop was for my voice to go.
That’s what I needed. I took time out – I went to a singing teacher and also to a gym, which I hated, so that didn’t continue!
It took me a while to build up again, but I learnt from it.
Before that I would go to the opening of an envelope.
Now I limit what I do.
I like to sit and be quiet and do nothing.
Majella will say, ‘What are you thinking about?’
And I’m not thinking of anything.
I may be meditating and I don’t know it, but I’m actually not thinking of anything.
I don’t feel guilty, though, because I need to sit and do nothing.
My music, to be realistic, is not what you’d hear on Top Of The Pops ordinarily.
I grew up watching the show and so to appear on it was amazing.
When I started my career I could never have imagined the things I’ve got to do and the places I’ve been, or that I’d have an album in the charts every year for 32 consecutive years
Before I met my wife I was very solitary and career-driven.
Marriage has given me another life.
We’re very independent too.
I travel so much and Majella had been on her own with her two children for a good while before I met her.
I would say we survive apart, but we thrive together.
I’m incredibly happy when I’m on stage.
My new album Halfway To Paradise contains 60 tracks over 3 CDs, with tributes to The Beatles, Elvis and Cliff Richard.
The music is very much from the rock ‘n’ roll 50s and 60s.
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