Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.
There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them.
Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God.
If you put all your strength and faith and vigor into a job and try to do the best you can, the money will come.
I have a tremendous desire to learn, and to grow, and to develop whatever I have that will make for any kind of improvement in me.
Dreams do come true, even for someone who couldn't speak English and never had a music lesson or much of an education.
I was so anxious to succeed that I made a practice of appearing on all the disc jockey shows I could, in order to publicize the band.
I played a Spaniard. I looked about as Spanish as any other fair-skinned German.
I have never been an innovator, a creative genius.
When my parents first arrived there, North Dakota had just been admitted to the Union, and the country was still wild and harsh.
For a while we had trouble trying to get the sound of a champagne cork exploding out of the bottle. I solved the problem by sticking my finger in my mouth and popping it out.
I realized some of the pitfalls of being well-known; it was nice if you were successful, but it made it just that much harder to take when you failed.
Conversation didn't seem necessary when I put the accordion down and swung some young lady around the floor.
You know, it's a long world.
To be granted some kind of usable talent and to be able to use it to the fullest extent of which you are capable - this, to me, is a kind of joy that is almost unequaled.
I knew nothing of the real life of a musician, but I seemed to see myself standing in front of great crowds of people, playing my accordion.
I expected to be a farmer like my father and brothers. Life seemed pleasant and orderly.
Boys, if you don't stick together, how do you expect me to follow you-ah?
I like clean ladies and nice ladies.
Music was my joy, my home, the one place I felt happy and secure.
We really were a very musical family. Father managed to buy us a small pump organ, and I just loved this instrument.
This is the best biography by me I have ever read.
The William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh... was the place where Champagne Music was born.
The first time I try anything is invariably not very successful. I tend to grow slowly, but solidly.
One thing all stage mothers share is an overpowering ambition for their daughters.
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