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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I expected to be a farmer like my father and brothers. Life seemed pleasant and orderly.
I played a Spaniard. I looked about as Spanish as any other fair-skinned German.
Conversation didn't seem necessary when I put the accordion down and swung some young lady around the floor.
I have never been an innovator, a creative genius.
Music was my joy, my home, the one place I felt happy and secure.
You know, it's a long world.
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.
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