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.
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.
Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God.
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.
My accent remained terrible. It was very hard for me to initiate any conversation with someone I didn't know.
Night after night I could feel the chills go up and down my spine, they played so well.
One time I introduced my orchestra as the Shampoo Music Makers instead of the Champagne Music Makers.
Sounds always fascinated me.
The first time I try anything is invariably not very successful. I tend to grow slowly, but solidly.
The William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh... was the place where Champagne Music was born.
This is the best biography by me I have ever read.
We really were a very musical family. Father managed to buy us a small pump organ, and I just loved this instrument.
When my parents first arrived there, North Dakota had just been admitted to the Union, and the country was still wild and harsh.
Many times I wondered if I were truly carrying out God's plan for my life.
It's curious how we act in moments of personal despair.
In spite of the Depression, or maybe because of it, folks were hungry for a good time, and an evening of dancing seemed a good way to have it.
I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
One thing all stage mothers share is an overpowering ambition for their daughters.
The ones the listeners loved most of all in those early years were the four Lennon girls who became the whole nation's little sisters.
By 1969, when I celebrated 45 years in the music business, I also had 45 people in our musical family.
Duke Ellington was famous for hs very original harmonic patterns.
I always worried I'd forget my lines or say the wrong words or the audience would laugh in the wrong places.
If I live to be 90, and I'm planning to, I'll always love performing for a live audience.
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