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.
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.
Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God.
This is the best biography by me I have ever read.
Dreams do come true, even for someone who couldn't speak English and never had a music lesson or much of an education.
When my parents first arrived there, North Dakota had just been admitted to the Union, and the country was still wild and harsh.
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.
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.
We really were a very musical family. In spite of the fact that we were so poor when I was a youngster that supper was often just a bowl of bread and milk, Father somehow managed to squeeze out enough pennies to buy us a small pump organ, and I just loved this instrument too.
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.
On the stage of the Italian Terrace Room in the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1938 ... the place where Champagne Music was born.
One time I introduced my orchestra as the Shampoo Music Makers instead of the Champagne Music Makers.
My accent remained terrible. It was very hard for me to initiate any conversation with someone I didn't know.
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.
Conversation didn't seem necessary when I put the accordion down and swung some young lady around the floor.
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.
Boys, if you don't stick together, how do you expect me to follow you-ah?
I expected to be a farmer like my father and brothers. Life seemed pleasant and orderly.
It's curious how we act in moments of personal despair.
My first appearance, the first time I try anything, invariably is not very successful. I tend to grow slowly, but solidly.
I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
Many times I wondered if I were truly carrying out God's plan for my life.
By 1969, when I celebrated 45 years in the music business, I also had 45 people in our musical family.
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