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When Billie Holiday sings a song, I hear the song,
by Tom Wopat

When Billie Holiday sings a song, I hear the song,
but I always hear her and her truth.
- Tom Wopat

It's amazing to hear, as a voice matures and then starts to decline,
what kind of emotion is still conveyed by a really good vocalist.
- Tom Wopat

I have no experience performing that music live in front of an audience.
So that remains to be seen.
I'm very excited to see what that's going to be like.
- Tom Wopat

I did I Love My Wife on Broadway in 1978,
and then went into television land.
Now things are starting to come together in the way
I thought they might when I was a kid.
- Tom Wopat

 

The country experience was more of a departure.
When you consider my education and my upbringing,
you can see that was more of country rock outgrowth
of my popular music aspirations.
- Tom Wopat

As I've gone along, I felt like I was discovering an
aspect of my voice that I didn't know was there:
an ability to interpret a song in a way that makes it more accessible.
- Tom Wopat

I listen to Steely Dan.
I really like Steely Dan.
- Tom Wopat

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I'm facing upstage, with my back to the audience,
and the spotlight comes up on my back as I start singing.
- Tom Wopat

When you're doing the traditional musicals,
singing songs that are 40 and 50 years old,
you realize there's a reason why those musicals are hits.
These are amazing songs!
- Tom Wopat

With Schubert, a lot of the melodies are very simple,
but he's in this groove.
He's in touch with his heart.
- Tom Wopat

I think now I'm being taken a little more seriously.
That's pure conjecture on my part.
- Tom Wopat

There were a couple of years when I wanted to be a football player,
but I really always wanted to be a singer.
- Tom Wopat

I sang opera, I sang show tunes.
I got into a rock band for a while.
I've sung a lot of different things.
- Tom Wopat

I've made it clear to my agents that I want more interesting stuff.
- Tom Wopat

There's a guy at the record company who's 30,
and he says, I would not listen to these songs except in this context.
Somehow the recording process, the arrangements,
make it more accessible.
- Tom Wopat

Because I was a tennis player, Billie Jean King was a hero of mine.
- Sally Ride

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking
place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
- Billie Jean King

I was trying to do Billie Holiday, because she was
the voice to be heard at that time.
- Ruth Brown

Billie and I did wonders for women's tennis.
They owe me a piece of their checks.
- Bobby Riggs

The one thing about Billie is he will snap and rip
your head off if you point anything out at all other
than how beautiful he is and how nice he looks today.
- Tre Cool

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.
- Tony Bennett

I loved Billie Holiday more than any other person other
than myself on the stage.
Yeah, I do.
- Abbey Lincoln

I'm a father.
It isn't just my life any more.
I don't want my kid finding bottles in the house or
seeing his father completely smashed.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

I think Billie is the kind of girl who would let her hips swing loose.
- Judy Holliday

I love oldies just kind of sweet, slinky,
Fifties music.
The slow stuff.
And Billie Holiday.
- Nastassja Kinski

When they thought of me, they always remembered the vacuous Billie Dawn.
It was as simple as that.
- Judy Holliday

I love to sing old Motown songs to myself,
or some Patti Smith Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday.
That gets me in the mood for singing.
- Siobhan Fahey

Billie Holiday I never met, but I love her music.
- Nichelle Nichols

Champions keep playing until they get it right.
- Billie Jean King

Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on.
- Billie Holiday

I would love to be a player today.
I had the right personality for it.
- Billie Jean King

In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without
her husband or father or a male signing off on it.
- Billie Jean King

Sports are a microcosm of society.
- Billie Jean King (tennis player)

Men still get a lot more opportunity.
It is still a big part of the old boy network.
They have more companies they can get money from.
- Billie Jean King

I love to promote our sport.
I love grass-roots tennis.
I love coaching.
I love all parts of the sport.
I love the business side.
- Billie Jean King

People don't understand the kind of fight it takes
to record what you want to record the way you want to record it.
- Billie Holiday

I don't like LA.
The majority just seem to be so artificial.
Look at how they worship everything they think is fashionable.
Isn't it sick?
- Billie Joe Armstrong

I would just never out anybody.
I think everyone has to find it in their own way and their own time.
- Billie Jean King

We put everything we had into this record,
just like we do with every other record that we make.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

Somebody once said we never know what is enough until
we know what's more than enough.
- Billie Holiday

I hate straight singing.
I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it.
That's all I know.
- Billie Holiday

I hate celebrities.
I really hate them.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

I always liked co-ed events best so we have two men
and two women on each team.
- Billie Jean King

I'd love to go to art school.
I'd love to learn how to draw.
I'd love to be fluent in Spanish.
I'd like to be a brain surgeon.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

It's just really important that we start celebrating our differences.
Let's start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.
- Billie Jean King

The main thing is to care.
Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.
- Billie Jean King

I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.
- Billie Jean King

Be bold.
If you're going to make an error, make a doozy,
and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
- Billie Jean King

When we reach the point where the women athletes are
getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes,
then we've really and truly arrived.
Parity at last!
- Billie Jean King

Everyone has people in their lives that are gay,
lesbian or transgender or bisexual.
They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody.
- Billie Jean King

I was always in the tennis business-from 1968.
I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well.
- Billie Jean King

Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music
better or do anything better.
All dope can do for you is kill you -
and kill you the long,
slow, hard way.
- Billie Holiday

I didn't really care if I had a coach that much,
me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.
- Billie Jean King

What annoys the hell out of me is the arrogance of some people.
They don't even listen to our music,
they decided in advance that they don't like it.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

Punk is not just the sound, the music.
Punk is a lifestyle.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

A punk concert isn't fun without a pit.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

I think when an actress marries she should leave the stage.
She cannot be happy if she is married and remains on the stage.
She must care more for her art or for her husband.
- Billie Burke

Making mistakes is a lot better than not doing anything.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

One day a whole damn song fell into place in my head.
- Billie Holiday

They're not put on earth to be martyrs;
they have to want to come out.
It depends on your culture, where you work,
where you live.
Each person's circumstances are unique.
- Billie Jean King

The old boy network is still very strong and very true.
Just look at the stock exchange and how many men and women are there.
It is still very much run by men.
- Billie Jean King

They think they can make fuel from horse manure -
now,
I don't know if your car will be able to get 30 miles to the gallon,
but it's sure gonna put a stop to siphoning.
- Billie Holiday

I like putting money back into what made my life,
and tennis has been great to me.
- Billie Jean King

I have the ability to sing with emotion and feeling,
but if you say I sound like Billie Holiday,
that's cool.
Let's look at who Billie was: she was this person,
this singer, this beautiful diva who could move the
audience with the slightest gesture of her hand.
- Erykah Badu

I think self-awareness is probably the most important
thing towards being a champion.
- Billie Jean King

If I look at my old lyrics, they seem to be full of rage,
but empty.
There was an emptiness in my life.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese.
- Billie Burke

Sports teaches you character,
it teaches you to play by the rules.
Sports teaches you to know what
it feels like to win and lose,
it teaches you about life.
- Billie Jean King

Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose.
- Billie Holiday

The thing is, acoustic could be like a four-letter word to a lot of kids.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

If I'm going to sing like someone else,
then I don't need to sing at all.
- Billie Holiday


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