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Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free.
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Every now and then we play a dreamy little thing, and I sort of ooze and doze off.
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Everybody who has a creative mind should sit down and try something new.
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For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people. We practically starved to death.
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Get me well so I can get on television and tell people to stop smoking.
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Girls stick closer to home. The moment I heard it was a girl, all past feelings went away. I'm happy.
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He's supposed to be a record expert. But somebody else writes his script and even picks out his discs. A helluva way to a make a million bucks.
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I am an American citizen and feel I am entitled to the same rights as any other citizen.
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I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.
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I can't bear to see myself even in movies. The feeling is complex. I can't stand the sight of myself.
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I didn't want my dad to see me busted.
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I don't know of anyone who's achieved so much in so short a time... and so deserving, too... except Harry Belafonte.
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I guess I just get to the heart of people's feelings, that's all.
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I knew they were trying to show me that they didn't sanction what had happened. I thanked them for coming to the show. I was born here. I just came here to entertain.
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I know that a lot of you critics think I've been fluffing off jazz. But I'm even more interested in it now than I ever was.
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I know we have an audience. And it's not a teenage audience. Half are older women and a third are men.
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I learned the hard way. I had my little follies. I was conned out of a lot of the money and I gave a lot of it away. But when I got in trouble, I got the message.
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I looked at that kid for a long time. I felt something impossible for me to explain. Then it came to me-I was a father.
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I make no claim to being a business genius. You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value.
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I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music.
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I must have worked every beer joint from San Diego to Bakersfield. It was a tough workout.
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I often wonder whether Negroes like myself who are pretty well known help out at all in breaking down barriers.
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I took a chance on Nature Boy, though I think Lost April is a much better song. The public liked Nature Boy because it was something different.
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I was a guinea pig for some hoodlums who thought they could hurt me and frighten me and keep other Negro entertainers from the South.
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I'm a golf student and I've been doing some motion picture photography. I'm also a pretty fair record collector.
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I'm a musician at heart, I know I'm not really a singer. I couldn't compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it..
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I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.
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I'm going to keep pace with everything that happens.
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I'm going to take the Trio on a concert tour of the U.S. playing a jazz program.
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I'm in the music business for one purpose - to make money.
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I'm not a political figure or a controversial person. I'm just an entertainer, and my job is to perform. If I stop because of some state law, I'm deserting the people.
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I'm not mad at a soul. I leave that to the other guys.
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I'm not playing for other musicians. We're trying to reach the guy who works all day and wants to spend a buck at night. We'll keep him happy.
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I'm proud of our court. It knocks back a lot of the propaganda the Communists put out about the way America treats her Negroes.
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If bop has any social significance at all, it's a reflection of past trends. It was born among adolescent musicians in 1939 and 1940.
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If I could read it, I could play it.
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If I see anybody undesirable coming in here, I'll be the first to complain.
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If you give me a million dollars, I'll leave the country.
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In the evenings may I come and sing to you, all the songs that I would like to bring to you?
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It's not the people in the South who create racial problems - it's the people who are governing.
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Jazz is pretty dead commercially. We don't do bop anymore.
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Lush Life is too subtle for any real wide appeal.
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Madison Avenue is in the North, and that's where the resistance is. There is reluctance on its part to sell my show.
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Man, I love show business, but I don't want to die for it.
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Maybe this is all a happy dream, and maybe it won't work. But I'm going to try, and hard, and you can't blame me for trying.
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Mona Lisa? What kind of title is that for a song?
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Music can't be put into words, it can't be described on a typewriter.
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Music is emotional, and you may catch a musician in a very unemotional mood or you may not be in the same frame of mind as the musician. So a critic will often say a musician is slipping.
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Musicians are losing their imaginations. They say the public isn't wise, but it's much wiser than they think.
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My father was a preacher, and he used to tell me a lot of stories.
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My wife and I like our home very much and we intend to stay there the same as any other American citizens would.
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Networks just don't go around putting shows on TV without sponsors, and I will always be grateful for this opportunity.
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No Negro has a TV show. I'm breaking that down.
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Omaha, Nebraska, was the biggest break in my life. There was nothing to do there but think of songs.
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Only time, education and plenty of good schooling will make anti-segregation work.
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People are sick of the old stereotyped stuff. That's the reason the box office has slumped.
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People don't slip. Time catches up with them.
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Primarily I'm a meat man, although once in a while I toy with a few vegetables.
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Sometimes I ask myself, Am I worth all this?
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The bongo and conga drums give the rhythm we were supposed to give. That leaves us free to do much more.
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The only prejudice I've found anywhere in TV is in some advertising agencies, and there isn't so much prejudice as just fear.
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The only sport I'm not interested in is horse racing. That's because I don't know the horses personally.
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The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it.
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The sheriff is at the cash register, and if I don't get a hit soon, I don't know what I'll do.
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The Supreme Court is having a hard time integrating schools. What chance do I have to integrate audiences?
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The Trio has been successful commercially, but I think trios have gone about as far as trios can go. I'm trying something different.
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The whites come to applaud a Negro performer just like the colored do. When you've got the respect of white and colored, you can ease a lot of things.
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The work will be modern music... experimentation... a little like Debussy or Gershwin's serious compositions.
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There's just one thing I can't figure out. My income tax!
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They offered me a new time, but I decided not to take it. I feel played out. There won't be shows starring Negroes for a while.
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Thousands of white people in the audience could see how terrible it is for an innocent man to be subjected to such barbaric treatment.
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We clicked with pop songs, pretty ballads and novelty stuff.
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We had to learn the complex and tender art of being parents.
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We have to broaden our scope. The change gives us that progressive feeling.
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We're only waiting until we reach a firm enough point where we can mix the real stuff with the popular and still have an audience.
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When you get men to look at a vocalist, you've really done something.
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Where could I go and meet some of those Aborigines?
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Wouldn't we have been crazy if we'd turned right around after getting a break and started playing pure jazz again?
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You can't cling to the past. Too many different things are coming into the world.
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You may run your family, but you won't run mine.
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You've got to change with the public's taste.
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