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" Fame comes and goes. Longevity is the thing to aim for. "
" In America, at the beginning of talkies, they pulled Fred Astaire from the theaters and put him on the screen and had all of these great composers write songs for him. They call it the Great American Songbook; I call it the Fred Astaire Songbook because they were written for him. "
" To work is to feel alive. "
" I still have a lot to learn. I'm concentrating on learning a lot more about music. "
" I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world. "
" I'll call it a day when I die. It's a wonderful occupation for me. I've never worked a day in my life. "
" I take care of myself. I work out three times a week. I have a trainer, and we just work out for an hour. "
" I respected Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Those were my heroes, and they were 10 years older than I was. "
" I loved Art Tatum! And, through him, and other different jazz musicians, I actually found my technique. "
" The United States created the best popular songs that were ever written, and from the 1920s to the 1940s, it was a renaissance period. It stopped in 1950. "
" I had the greatest time of my life in England for a couple of years, and Robert Farnon made some of the best music I've ever been around. "
" I was possessed with a wonderful example of my Italian American family. They would come over and join us every Sunday, all my aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces, and I would sing for them. "
" Every show is different. The public has always been nice to me. I'm fortunate that way. "
" Singing is a gift. "
" Performers should really go to the best schools, like Lady Gaga, you know, she went to NYU and had great teachers... It's best to really study your technique as much as you possibly can so you can have a long career instead of a quick one that's a failure. "
" When you get older, you don't have to eat a lot. I get my rest and sleep very well at night. It keeps me very balanced. "
" Johnny Mercer started Capitol Records, and he brought in Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole. He just let them sing whatever they wanted, and it became the best record company in America. "
" Gaga is a gorgeous singer, and when she sings a great ballad, I get goose bumps. "
" I'd like to prove that if you take care of yourself, you can actually not regret the fact that you've become an old-timer, but you can just still improve and actually get better. "
" I'll never retire. "
" I have a simple life. I mean, you just give me a drum roll, they announce my name, and I come out and sing. In my job I have a contract that says I'm a singer. So I sing. "
" I was taught never to compromise: to never sing a cheap song. I never look down at the audience and think that they are ignorant or think that I'm more intelligent than they are. To think otherwise is totally incorrect and runs contrary to everything I was raised to believe. "
" Nobody has communicated with the public more than Lady Gaga. Ever. I trust the audience, and I'm very impressed. As far as they're concerned, she's part of their family. The only guy who ever did that was Bing Crosby, years ago. "
" I want to try to prove that at 100, I could sing as well as I was singing when I was 45 or 43. "
" I've been so fortunate because I never really had ups and downs as far as my career. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I've been sold out all over the world. "
Ups And Downs
" Presley is country music, white music. Jazz is black music - it was invented by the blacks in New Orleans. And I'm really a jazz singer. I was impressed with Elvis - he was the handsomest guy I ever met in my life, and a very nice person, too. But the music doesn't impress me. "
" I know the history of the record business so well because I followed Billie Holiday into the record studios. It was so primitive compared to the sophisticated business today. "
" I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different. "
" I still feel that I can get better somehow. And I search for it all of the time. "
" The young people look great on television. They're youthful and have a lot of zip and energy, but when you see them live, they can only do about 20 minutes because they haven't got the training to hold an audience for an hour and a half or so. "
" I grew up in an era where the record companies just sold records to everybody, and the whole family bought songs. Today, record companies are failing because they are putting their accent just on the young, and I think that's rather silly. "