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It was my band.
by Billy Eckstine

It was my band.
I organized the band and Dizzy was in the band.
Dizzy was the first musical director with the band.
Charlie Parker was in the band.
But, no, no, that was my band.
- Billy Eckstine

I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch.
I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect
pitch can drive you crazy.
- Billy Eckstine

Today the kids that are out now they make a hit record
and they put them right out on the stage with 10,000
people out there and they don't know anything about the business yet.
- Billy Eckstine

You know, times change and the elements change along with it.
The elements of success.
And my son's very successful.
He's doing very well.
And I have a younger daughter who sings.
- Billy Eckstine

 

You can't sing about love unless you know about it.
- Billy Eckstine

I was still in school at the time and Cab was very
popular and everybody was doing Cab Calloway so I did.
- Billy Eckstine

I'm a firm believer and I think my religion is inside.
- Billy Eckstine

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L.A.
is kind of laid back, but New York, everybody is out there for that buck,
you know.
- Billy Eckstine

If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer you must go to college.
But if you want to be a musician or such,
study your craft.
Study music.
- Billy Eckstine

I'm used to hearing myself.
My own voice.
- Billy Eckstine

When Byrd came out of there, he had written a lot things
while he was in the hospital.
- Billy Eckstine

Piano should be the one.
Yeah, because that's your basis.
Everything is right there in front of you.
- Billy Eckstine

It taught me something.
It taught you your craft.
- Billy Eckstine

I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business
so everything was bright to me.
I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that.
- Billy Eckstine

I just went to Harvard a little while,
because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington
and then I went up there but I didn't stay that long
because I went into show business.
- Billy Eckstine

My youngest daughter sings.
She's going to be very good.
She's graduated from Music School and she's been working
down around and getting her feet wet,
you know.
I had her out with me for a year just showing her the ropes a little bit,
but she's going to be all right.
- Billy Eckstine

Oh, yeah.
I know Dizzy.
For years he's been my buddy way, way,
way back.
Dizzy is one of the most astute guys and one of the
most learned guys in the world and knows exactly what he's doing musically.
- Billy Eckstine

Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame,
a tenor saxophonist.
Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and
he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there,
he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago.
- Billy Eckstine

I think a song that's got something to say.
I'm not much on gimmicks.
I never have been because they don't last.
But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it,
you know, that means something.
- Billy Eckstine

As a matter of fact they'd blacken us down.
I guess there's a reason that according to what the
Caucasian wanted us to look like.
He wanted us to look-if we were Black,
then he had his idea of what we look like.
- Billy Eckstine

When you're playing music, say for instance,
you're playing a part of the band and you're looking at your music,
your horn is down into the stand.
This way, it's up and it goes right on out to the audience,
you know?
- Billy Eckstine

I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me.
None whatsoever.
The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter
brown than other people of my race,
maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors.
- Billy Eckstine

Just start dancing and the band will find you.
- Tama Kieves

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

All we are is dust in the wind.
- the band Kansas

I just like playing with the band and doing what I do.
- John Oates

When I left the band I said Look, I am ready to move on.
I was interested in playing with some of the other
people that I had bee a studio musician with.
- John Sebastian

The gigantic Gaul derided the Roman soldiers as a band of pigmies.
- John Lothrop Motley

I'm in this band to give volume to various struggles throughout the world.
To me, the tension in this band is a minimal sacrifice.
- Zack de la Rocha

Because usually in the past when I was in a big band,
that was all I did.
- Kathy Valentine

We were a country band with a social conscience.
- Kinky Friedman

The guys in my band are good friends on and off the stage.
The band members that I have now is probably the best
band that I have ever had.
- Ace Frehley

They tried to get me to use a pick when I first joined the band.
They had certain things they thought were appropriate.
I tried to adapt as much as I could.
- Lindsey Buckingham

The Misfits pretty much funds the Misfits.
It used to cost me money to be in the band.
I think we got paid the last gig we ever did.
After that, we had to work to support our families.
- Jerry Only

I am always looking for a cool tee shirt;
maybe one with a rock band or an old advertisement.
- Bridget Hall

I need the money.
People don't understand how little money you make in a band.
- Evan Dando

As Andy says, being in this band in the early 1980s
made you feel like you were part of a pizza.
We were always one of the band, one of Duran Duran,
or one of the Taylors.
- Roger Andrew Taylor

Led Zeppelin, you can't find a better band to pay homage to.
- Ann Wilson

We're all music fans and we just love being in a band,
and that's why we do it.
- Joel Madden

We are not a Zappa cover band.
We only play Frank's songs that were recorded by the
Mothers of Invention and I think a lot of those songs were complex.
- Jimmy Carl Black

It's a big shame, because 'Trixter' in my mind were
what a real rock n' roll band is all about.
- Steve Brown

With a rock band, you play the same things over and over and over.
- Ikue Mori

After all, in today's music scene every band seems
to steal from other bands.
- Maynard James Keenan

Sharon went on to play classical but we actually went
into totally different instruments which was lucky
for the band because otherwise we'd all be playing the same thing!!
- Caroline Corr

I'm very fast on teaching guys.
Like, when I came over here, I only had two rehearsals with the band.
I wondered when I first got here...
but it sure came up great.
- Ike Turner

I've been through this fame thing before,
when the band was big in '80, '81.
- John Lurie

When I joined the band, being that I was going to take this up as a profession,
I realized that there were no two finer guitar players
in the world that I'd rather play with.
- Michael Davis

In my last band, Soundgarden, I had a couple of different
drummers sit in on some stuff and it was fun for me
to kind of take a break and watch the band.
- Matt Cameron

Had I joined a straight rock band, I'm sure my drumming
would be a little bit different right now.
- Jimmy Chamberlin

The band cannot sign to another label or even put out
its own material unless they are released from their agreement,
which never happens.
- Steve Albini

I was playing with the Aquabats, and then I quit to
join a band called Suicide Machine in Detroit.
- Travis Barker

I haven't a great jazz band, and I don't want one.
- Glenn Miller

I had friends in this band called Mars and they used to play a lot.
- Arto Lindsay

I never do releases to try and make or break some contemporary band.
- Thurston Moore

I mean, I'm in a band, we're reasonably successful,
I've got a very nice suit - I'm not even a bad person-
so why can't I get a shag?
- Colin Greenwood

The rock star stuff never came up for us.
The Band was never attacked by groupies before,
during or after any show that we ever played.
- Levon Helm

I don't do drugs anymore...
than, say, the average touring funk band.
- Bill Hicks

The real terrorist threats are George W. Bush and his
band of brown-shirted thugs.
- Sandra Bernhard

To me, when a great band is playing together,
it's amazing for me.
- John Oates

I think there's nothing better than seeing a three-chord
straight up rock 'n' roll band in your face with sweaty
music and three minute good songs.
- Joan Jett

Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill -
spending billions of dollars to build more prisons,
to place more band-aids on society's scars.
- Carrie P. Meek

I was trying to take the band in a direction that I thought was appropriate,
and Roth was trying to take the band in more of a Las Vegas direction.
And there he is.
- Eddie Van Halen

I think any band we played with would be a weird match.
We're on our own, a little out there,
but it's a good thing.
I think we're complimentary to each other.
- Jon Crosby

Yes, my mother was a singer, and my father played piano and keyboards.
They were in a band together, though they also had
regular jobs because they had kids and stuff like that.
- Caroline Corr

People don't realize who this band is always been because we're so young,
and it's hard to get over that stigma.
- Taylor Hanson

I see myself as the buffer between the band and the record company.
- Jerry Harrison

I create my own lyrics.
I have a great band.
I have a drummer from East Berlin.
- Nina Hagen

After wrestling with myself for six months,
I began medical treatment.
During that time I started a band with some friends
of mine called Jack's Car,
but that didn't last.
- Jack Irons

We thought that's the way you were supposed to be if
you were in a rock 'n' roll band.
Flamboyant.
- David Johansen

I broke up the band in the office in Gerrard Street.
- Georgie Fame

My mom passed away a day before high school started,
and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy,
and play drums in a band.
- Travis Barker


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