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Born: 1907-05-01
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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If rock-and-roll is well done, there's nothing so terribly wrong with that kind of music. But the lyrics are another story.

Tags: Done, Music, Wrong

In 29 years, I had recorded over 2,200 songs. I was amazed.

Tags: Amazed, Amazing, Songs

In nearly all ballads, the words set the mood and meaning, while the music intensifies or enhances them.

Tags: Music, While, Words

Intelligent analysis of the composer's intention and strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.

Tags: Analysis, Intention, Sincerity

It became obvious in 1957 that I was endangering my health by carrying so much weight.

Tags: Health, Obvious, Weight

It is important that the audience should understand every syllable of every word, for only then can they grasp the meaning of the song.

Tags: Song, Understand, Word

It's up to the audience. It always has been.

Tags: Audience

Many people submit to excessive appetites without realizing that they do not need to eat so much food.

Tags: Eat, Food, Realizing

Most of the people who act and sing do so for their own pleasure and that of their friends and family.

Tags: Act, Family, Friends

My singing is part of me, like my stoutness, or my light hair, or my poor eyesight.

Tags: Hair, Light, Poor

Public and employer opinion often defeat society's best interests with a prejudice against middle-aged women.

Tags: Best, Society, Women

Since I have been singing for so many years, I don't always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.

Tags: Quite, Since, Song

This nation loves singing and loves acting.

Tags: Acting, Nation, Singing

Middle-aged women have greater stability, they are more loyal, and their capacity for steady work is greater than that of younger women.

Tags: Greater, Women, Work

I vowed that whenever my family needed me, I would give up everything to go to them, no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me.

Tags: Family, Give, Matter

An entertainer should in his public performance keep himself out of any controversy, political or otherwise.

Tags: Keep, Political, Public

I am continually embarrassed by people who point me out as an example of what can be done without training.

Tags: Done, Point, Training

I could see myself in a white nurse's uniform, working unnoticed for many years and at last dying, unknown, unmarried and unsung.

Tags: Dying, Last, Working

I know I'm fat and I know my hair is straight, but I can sing.

Tags: Fat, Hair, Sing

I sometimes get that wonderful sympathy between me and the audience, telling me I've reached their hearts. And when I do, the thrill is mine.

Tags: Between, Sometimes, Sympathy

There's no second chance on stage, and I was trained to make the most of my first chance.

Tags: Chance, Second, Stage

As soon as I began to earn what might be called fairly large sums, I bought a car and began to explore the country around New York.

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Because of my voice, speaking words which had been carefully chosen, women had used money they had set aside for other purposes to buy war bonds.

Tags: Money, War, Women
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During the presidential primaries of 1940, I received a request from the Democratic National Committee to sing God Bless America before the speeches.

Tags: America, Democratic, God

Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another.

Tags: Home, Music, Small

I am exceedingly lucky that my voice, along with perfect pitch and perfect rhythm, was given me at birth.

Tags: Lucky, Perfect, Voice

I am harder on myself than anyone else could be.

Tags: Anyone, Else, Harder

I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage, as so many actors can.

Tags: Off, Separate, Stage

I have always examined closely the motives of any group for which I am asked to raise money.

Tags: Asked, Group, Money

I have been extremely lucky with reviewers and critics throughout my career.

Tags: Career, Critics, Lucky

I have never known stage-fright at any time.

Tags: Known, Time

I have personally believed in every product I have ever advertised.

Tags: Believed, Personally, Product

I just can't read music.

Tags: Music, Read

I learn my songs by ear.

Tags: Ear, Learn, Songs

I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of.

Tags: Care, Hard, Work

I shall always respect the composer. If I embellish, it is his idea I am embellishing.

Tags: Idea, Respect, Shall

I was always daydreaming about singing in big productions on Broadway.

Tags: Big, Broadway, Singing

Ice cream was my undoing, and six chocolate milk shakes in a row were nothing to me at one time.

Tags: Chocolate, Six, Time
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