When you are through with the blues, you’ve got nothing to rest on.
This is the place to see the stars – Hollywood Bowl.
The trouble with records is that they’re too short.
Anybody that sings the blues is in a deep pit, yelling for help.
Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message. I’m used to singing in churches where nobody would dare stop me until the Lord arrives!
One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can’t count it.
I don’t worry too much about the script, I just ad lib, like Pearl Bailey.
I’ll come to any benefit if I see SCLC get all the money.
Baby, black promoters oppressed me before white promoters ever got hold of me. Don’t talk skin to me.
Put your mind on the gospel. And remember – there’s one God for all.
The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient.
I close my eyes when I sing so I can feel the song better.
Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that’s what the jazz experts say.
I hope to bring people to God with my songs.
Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?