And fortunately, I haven't had any problem with my voice. I've been able to sing at a level of consistency that the people are expecting.
I'm just one of the lucky people. I have no other reason for my longevity.
I really, really enjoy music and that's why I do what I do.
I don't feel old, except in the morning once in a while, when I can't turn over properly and say, "What's that? When did that happen?" Our brain doesn't accept that. We're geared to last.
My favorite singer to this day is Nat King Cole. I've tried to emulate his phrasing. It is so absolutely beautiful to listen to his lovely voice.
Sometimes being famous gets in the way of doing what you want to do.
I love the house that I've been living in for over 40 years. I really am a homebody and I still love to play golf.
Her desire for fame is like her hair. It keeps getting bigger. [on Diana Ross
When you're doing bad things, you just don't know whether you can conquer them or not. I found out how strong I could be when I was motivated, and I'm kind of proud of that.
I'm really pretty much a regular person who just got very lucky. I got involved early on in my life with a lot of wonderful people who helped me and guided me. I found out what I really liked to do and that was sing. And I had a lot of help to accomplish most of my goals.
When I do an album I try to find a producer that's excited about something that they want me to sing, and I check with the record company to find out what they think they can sell - which is their No. 1 priority.
Even though there's no forum for me on the radio for the kind of music I sing anymore, I am still excited about having a career where I can sing the best music in the world, and people will come and hear me because of the hit records I've had in the past.
But I am very grateful for my success, and with success, of course, comes a whole lot of celebrity.
Its just that some people are lucky and people still seem to enjoy the music.
When you do interviews, you have to talk about yourself - and I like to find out about other people. I am so familiar with everything that I do. Ive said it over and over again. I think it is boring.
When I was 12 and started to take singing lessons from a woman, she told me that I would probably spend the rest of my life taking care of my voice.
Walk my way and a thousand violins begin to play, or it might be the sound of your hello.
Let's love, press your lips to mine. Let's kiss, for that thrill divine.
I also met, early on Ella Fitzgerald. Her songbooks are some of the most amazing bodies of work.
Too much, too little, too late, to ever try again. Too much, too little, too late, let's end it being friends.
I always made sure that I kept the dignity, or tried to keep the dignity that they showed, by standing there and singing and not doing too much else, because I didn't know what else to do. But you know, sometimes you can get carried away and I don't know, lose your composure or something.
Thank God for vinyl! It's wonderful to be involved in something that captures your life from almost the beginning to the end. I'm absolutely blessed.
In other words, the celebrity gets out of hand, and if youre not careful, you will forget what you are about - and that is you are about making music that people want to hear.
It's very much like opera singers. They do the same thing. The first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, the thing they think about is their voice and how to take care of it.
I think there are a lot of people who really want to be famous, they really do. I don't. It sort of gets in the way of the everyday things that I do.
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