"It ain't as hard as people think," he says. "It ain't as severe as everybody thinks it is. If I got transplanted tonight, I'd be up in the morning and I'd be walking the day after tomorrow. Okay. And then I'd be exercising the day after that."
Johnny "Clyde" Copeland died from complications stemming from cardiac surgery 3 July 1997.
Driven by disco to rethink his future, he moved to New York in 1979, and played extensively in the eastern cities. In 1981, he was signed by Rounder Records, releasing albums including Copeland Special (1981) and Bringing It All Back Home (1985), and touring widely. Copeland appeared at the 1983 Long Beach Blues Festival, and the 1988 San Francisco Blues Festival. He won a Grammy in1987 for best traditional blues album for the album Showdown!, recorded with Robert Cray and Albert Collins.