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.
Many times I wondered if I were truly carrying out God's plan for my life.
Boys, if you don't stick together, how do you expect me to follow you-ah?
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.
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.
Dreams do come true, even for someone who couldn't speak English and never had a music lesson or much of an education.
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.
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.
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.
Music was my joy, my home, the one place I felt happy and secure.
One time I introduced my orchestra as the Shampoo Music Makers instead of the Champagne Music Makers.
Night after night I could feel the chills go up and down my spine, they played so well.
My accent remained terrible. It was very hard for me to initiate any conversation with someone I didn't know.
Conversation didn't seem necessary when I put the accordion down and swung some young lady around the floor.
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.
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