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As a singer, the biggest joy I have are the arrangements.
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As Buddy Rich, for instance, broke into the business at the age of three, I think it was, on drums, so indeed did I break into the business at the age of four as a singer.
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As regards my feelings about drummers - there's Buddy Rich, and then there's everybody else.
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Because Chicago was to radio what Hollywood was to films and Broadway was to the theatre: it was the hub of radio.
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Because obviously the whole purpose of putting records out is purely and simply to make money.
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Buddy Rich is one of a kind; he's a genius, and that's all there is to it.
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But, in fairness to them, too, the popular song per se is really a pretty shallow medium to perform in.
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How many radio shows I did is lost to memory now; it's in the hundreds - maybe even close to being in the thousands - for the span of years from the time I was eight till I was about fifteen.
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I didn't really have an act per se - a theatrical performance, as opposed to just: here I am, folks, and you're all supposed to be dead quiet while I sing eight or nine songs, then get off the stage.
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I didn't really start writing songs till I was about fourteen - really kind of dabbling in it.
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I don't want to compete with - I want to be very careful how I say this - the majority of amateurs who weekly break into the business.
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I finished a novel, that took five years to write; I write all my own arrangements.
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I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of the busiest child dramatic actors in America.
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I hadn't been a recording artist all that long when albums came on the scene, and I was one of the first singers to point the way to how varied an album's contents could be.
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I made forty - one albums, hundreds of singles - I've proved what I had to prove as a singer.
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I want to sing for the broadest possible audience.
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I was a singer professionally when I was four years old, and I did not really begin to play any instrument - the first one, of course, was drums - till I was about nine years old.
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I was in a lot of vaudeville units.
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I would be a liar if I said it wouldn't be lovely and soothing - that's the word - to have a hit single or a hit album.
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I'm just grateful that I got to sing, play drums for a while, and arrange for a vocal group with the Chico Marx Orchestra.
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If I'm going to please somebody else, I want to be paid a great amount of money for it, or I don't want to do it.
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It may sound a bit like an army barracks, but the truth of the matter is: there must be some time laid aside for arranging, time for working on either a book or an article - I've written two articles in the last four months for the New York Times book review section.
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My initial career, really, as a baby, was as a singer.
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Right now, my career is in three directions: as a performer, as an arranger, as an author - and I don't give any one of them true precedent, or true top marks, as opposed to the other two.
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See, I never wrote arrangements for the band for Judy Garland; I did strictly special material, special lyrics, put together all of her medleys.
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So I'm sorry, I'm going to continue to talk to the people, because I do believe that if they get to know you and what you are as a human being, they can more appreciate what you are as a performer.
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Talking money is crass; so I'm not going to tell you what I made last year.
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The performance - that's all that matters.
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There are musicians in my business who are very dour people, who are angry for one reason or another, who are malcontents or whatever.
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There isn't a dearth of it, but I will confess that it's harder for me to find songs on which I'm willing to invest anything from ten to fifteen hours writing an arrangement than it was in times past.
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Whenever I did a good performance, my Dad and my uncles, who were rabid movie fans, took me to the movies. There began my underlying love affair with film.
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Whereas a musician is luckier; a lot of times, the reflection of what he is as a human being is not even remotely carried through in what he plays.
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