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Born: 1914-07-08
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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You can't sing about love unless you know about it.

Tags: Love, Sing, Unless

I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch. I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect pitch can drive you crazy.

Tags: Crazy, Drive, Perfect

Piano should be the one. Yeah, because that's your basis. Everything is right there in front of you.

Tags: Front, Piano, Yeah

I'm used to hearing myself. My own voice.

Tags: Hearing, Used, Voice

As a matter of fact they'd blacken us down. I guess there's a reason that according to what the Caucasian wanted us to look like. He wanted us to look-if we were Black, then he had his idea of what we look like.

Tags: Black, Reason, Wanted

I was still in school at the time and Cab was very popular and everybody was doing Cab Calloway so I did.

Tags: Everybody, School, Time

I'm a firm believer and I think my religion is inside.

Tags: Firm, Inside, Religion

If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer you must go to college. But if you want to be a musician or such, study your craft. Study music.

Tags: College, Music, Study

It taught me something. It taught you your craft.

Tags: Craft, Taught

L.A. is kind of laid back, but New York, everybody is out there for that buck, you know.

Tags: Everybody, Laid, York

When Byrd came out of there, he had written a lot things while he was in the hospital.

Tags: Hospital, While, Written

Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame, a tenor saxophonist. Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there, he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago.

Tags: Big, God, Soul

I just went to Harvard a little while, because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington and then I went up there but I didn't stay that long because I went into show business.

Tags: Business, School, Show

I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me. None whatsoever. The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter brown than other people of my race, maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors.

Tags: Fact, Knew, Maybe

I think a song that's got something to say. I'm not much on gimmicks. I never have been because they don't last. But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it, you know, that means something.

Tags: Last, Means, Song

I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business so everything was bright to me. I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that.

Tags: Business, Mean, Tough

It was my band. I organized the band and Dizzy was in the band. Dizzy was the first musical director with the band. Charlie Parker was in the band. But, no, no, that was my band.

Tags: Band, Director, Musical

My youngest daughter sings. She's going to be very good. She's graduated from Music School and she's been working down around and getting her feet wet, you know. I had her out with me for a year just showing her the ropes a little bit, but she's going to be all right.

Tags: Good, Music, School

Oh, yeah. I know Dizzy. For years he's been my buddy way, way, way back. Dizzy is one of the most astute guys and one of the most learned guys in the world and knows exactly what he's doing musically.

Tags: Guys, Knows, Learned

Today the kids that are out now they make a hit record and they put them right out on the stage with 10,000 people out there and they don't know anything about the business yet.

Tags: Business, Put, Today

When you're playing music, say for instance, you're playing a part of the band and you're looking at your music, your horn is down into the stand. This way, it's up and it goes right on out to the audience, you know?

Tags: Looking, Music, Playing

You know, times change and the elements change along with it. The elements of success. And my son's very successful. He's doing very well. And I have a younger daughter who sings.

Tags: Change, Success, Successful

I might be needy, competitive and desperate but it's far better than being wet.

Tags: Desperate, Far, Might
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I only socialise with people that I have a lot in common with.

Tags: Common

I prefer highs and lows to an even keel. Moderation is never something I've been good at.

Tags: Good, Lows, Moderation

I still can't set up the ironing-board. A complete Luddite.

Tags: Complete

I think as time goes by you'll get female comics who are weirder - you'll get a female Mighty Boosh.

Tags: Female, Goes, Time

I think I might actually die of showing off. It'll be on my headstone - 'Cause of Death: Showing Off.'

Tags: Death, Die, Off

I think my siblings sometimes have to defend me within their social circles - they are both barristers.

Tags: Both, Social, Sometimes

I was trained as an actress. But I wasn't a very convincing actress, so I started doing punk poetry and then fell into doing stand-up.

Tags: Poetry, Punk, Started

I'm a schizophrenic mix of wannabe glamourpuss and absolute slob, and my style is very much magistrate-meets-barmaid.

Tags: Absolute, Mix, Style

I'm very bad at having heroes. I don't rate anyone particularly highly because I'm so snide and competitive and not very nice.

Tags: Anyone, Bad, Nice

I'm very jealous of my daughter's education. She's been inspired by her teachers, and nobody inspired me as a teenager.

Tags: Education, Her, Jealous

I've got a hat face. My mother always said I've got a hat face.

Tags: Face, Mother, Said

I've got this horrible feeling that I'm one of those people who'll always have to flog their guts out to get anywhere.

Tags: Anywhere, Feeling, Guts

I've never been prudish.

Tags: Good, Moderation

The comedy I like the best is comedy I can't do, stuff that doesn't touch my arena.

Tags: Best, Comedy, Touch

Women are more emotional, and it's natural to talk about it.

Tags: Emotional, Talk, Women

After graduating from flares and platforms in the early 1970s, I started drama school wearing a pair of khaki dungarees with one of my Dad's Army shirts, accessorised by a cat's basket doubling as a handbag. Very Lady Gaga.

Tags: After, Dad, School

As a five-year-old in Berlin in 1965, I didn't know that funny women existed. It wasn't until I got back to England that I realised women could be funny.

Tags: Funny, Until, Women

I can't watch other people doing comedy. As soon as somebody starts being funny I have to turn off because it upsets me. I get comedy indigestion. I just hate anybody else being funny. That's my job.

Tags: Funny, Hate, Job

I have a fear of poverty in old age. I have this vision of myself living in a skip and eating cat food. It's because I'm freelance, and I've never had a proper job. I don't have a pension, and my savings are dwindling. I always thought someone would just come along and look after me.

Tags: Age, Fear, Food

I'm the least spiritual person in the world. I can't even abide a smelly candle. I know it's meant to make me relax, and that immediately makes my hackles rise.

Tags: Makes, Rise, Spiritual

I've just got crap hair. Although I inherited a lot of stuff from my dad, including giant knees, I didn't get his good, thick hair. I got my mother's thin, wispy, non-event hair instead.

Tags: Dad, Good, Mother

If I do go to the beach there have to be certain rules: it can't be a pebbly beach, there has to be some shade and there has to be a beach bar. I don't want to go off the beaten track.

Tags: Beach, Off, Rules

People often ask why comedy is harder for women, and the reason is because a tampon will sometimes fall out when you're on stage. Blokes don't have that worry.

Tags: Sometimes, Why, Women

The only way to go on holiday is with your expectations at ground level. Convince yourself before you go that the weather's going to be dreadful and there will be nylon sheets. You'll then be pleasantly surprised.

Tags: Holiday, Weather, Yourself

Well, I'm not good with sliminess. I hate the thought of creatures that have slime on them or creatures that leave a slimy trail. At home, the sight of a slug can bring up my breakfast.

Tags: Good, Hate, Home

What has happened to the good old-fashioned travel agent? I want to go to a really posh travel agent and have them organise everything for me. I don't want to do things on the Internet.

Tags: Good, Happened, Travel

I wouldn't say I was grumpy. It's more pathological - I have seismic tantrums. I get red in the face and cry at least three times a week, and I have to lie down and have a nap afterwards.

Tags: Cry, Lie, Times

Anyone who has dead straight hair wants curls.

Tags: Anyone, Dead, Hair

As a rule, wearing a bigger pair of jeans looks better than squishing yourself into a pair of jeans that used to fit before you gave up smoking.

Tags: Smoking, Used, Yourself

Family is the one thing that is definitely not disposable.

Tags: Definitely, Disposable, Family

I am best viewed from a distance.

Tags: Best, Distance

I am best viewed from a distance... and at night.

Tags: Best, Distance, Night

My older sister is bossy, my brother is a stirrer and me - well, I am perfect!

Tags: Brother, Older, Perfect

Well, I really don't like heights. I don't get on the top deck of a double-decker because that's a bit high for me. I always feel that I'm going to hurl myself off, so heights are a problem.

Tags: High, Off, Problem

My daughter has always had a strong sense of her own identity. From the day she was born her father and I were in love with and in awe of her and still are.

Tags: Father, Love, Strong

There should be more booing in shops and restaurants and places like that when when the service is bad. If you've had a poor breakfast in a hotel, you should put your knife and fork down and boo.

Tags: Bad, Poor, Put

A good fart joke makes me bawl with laughter, so will somebody farting. And the word 'poo.' You can't beat a good poo joke.

Tags: Good, Laughter, Makes

For me, being a woman suits what I want to talk about and what my audience wants to hear. Maybe I'm a dying breed.

Tags: Dying, Talk, Woman

I admire the Elsie Tanners and Barbara Windsors of the world: people who have crawled back from the abyss. I'm quite camp in that respect.

Tags: Admire, Quite, Respect

I am not sure gender ever won't be an issue in comedy, because I think that women do have different priorities in some respects.

Tags: Comedy, Sure, Women

I am very short-sighted, and if I don't like a situation I take my glasses off.

Tags: Glasses, Off, Situation

I can eat a man, but I'm not sure of the fiber content.

Tags: Content, Eat, Sure

I can't sing.

Tags: Sing

I can't stand folk who are all snobby about reality TV.

Tags: Reality, Stand, Tv

I can't tan naturally.

Tags: Naturally, Tan

I don't do marriage. I think it's incredibly naff. And I don't like vulgar displays of ostentation.

Tags: Incredibly, Marriage, Vulgar

I don't think I'm successful.

Tags: Successful

I have a very solo career. I only write with people that I really adore.

Tags: Adore, Career, Write

I have always had a need for attention but didn't plan to be a comic.

Tags: Attention, Comic, Plan

I know the new comedy god is surrealism, but it doesn't touch my heart.

Tags: Comedy, God, Heart

I love fashion, but I don't come from a background of loving clothes, and I remember feeling badly dressed from a young age.

Tags: Age, Feeling, Love
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