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I hadn't been a recording artist all that long when
by Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

See, I never wrote arrangements for the band for Judy Garland;
I did strictly special material,
special lyrics, put together all of her medleys.
- Mel Torme

As regards my feelings about drummers -
there's Buddy Rich,
and then there's everybody else.
- Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

 

My initial career, really, as a baby,
was as a singer.
- Mel Torme

Because obviously the whole purpose of putting records
out is purely and simply to make money.
- Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

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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.
- Mel Torme

Talking money is crass; so I'm not going to tell you what I made last year.
- Mel Torme

As a singer, the biggest joy I have are the arrangements.
- Mel Torme

Buddy Rich is one of a kind; he's a genius,
and that's all there is to it.
- Mel Torme

I want to sing for the broadest possible audience.
- Mel Torme

But, in fairness to them, too, the popular song per
se is really a pretty shallow medium to perform in.
- Mel Torme

I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of
the busiest child dramatic actors in America.
- Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

Because Chicago was to radio what Hollywood was to
films and Broadway was to the theatre:
it was the hub of radio.
- Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

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.
- Mel Torme

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

At college I'd seen my dead frog's limbs twitch under
some applied stimulus or other -
seen,
but hadn't believed.
Didn't dream of thinking beyond or around what I saw.
- James Merrill

I'd met a woman and I got married, but the money ran out right away.
I hadn't had a job for seven months,
and it just came over me that I was never going to work again.
It hit me.
- Denis Johnson

What had disappointed me at the time of the last tour,
was to go on a worldwide tour, we were at some incredible
places and we couldn't enjoy it,
hadn't the time.
- Ed O'Brien

When I got back I found myself being very emotional
about the time spent in Rwanda in a way that I hadn't
been able to or allowed myself to be when we were there.
- Hugh Dancy

I did everything I could to stay in college and pay my own way,
so I think that if success hadn't come so quickly,
I would still be pursuing it.
- Moira Kelly

I'm really a very weak musicologist.
Wish it weren't so, but there's only so much you can
dig deeply into in one lifetime,
as if you hadn't noticed.
- Wendy Carlos

I wish we hadn't used all the keys on the keyboard.
- Bill Joy

The moment comes when a character does or says something
you hadn't thought about.
At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him.
- Graham Greene

I don't think one should ever come to my stage of life
and have to look back and say,
Gosh.
I wish I hadn't spent all those years doing that job
I was never really interested in.
- Charles Kuralt

The position I took at the time was that we hadn't
really examined any of the potential environmental
consequences of introducing genetically modified organisms.
- Jeremy Rifkin

Basically, between 1989 and 1994, I hadn't taken a vacation.
- Evan Dando

So it was just a case of getting a bunch of songs that
I had been writing for years but hadn't recorded together,
and the result was My Own Best Enemy.
- Richard Marx

I think I would have died if there hadn't been the women's movement.
- Dorothy Allison

The best advice he gave me was to carry on.
It would have been difficult to set foot back inside
a TV studio if I hadn't carried on -
I don't know if I would have ever gone back in.
- Cilla Black

And we just went with Julie because that name hadn't
been used in any other popular songs at the time.
- Bobby Sherman

He is the king.
If it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,'
I would have never picked up a guitar.
- Pete Townshend

I hadn't done just a straight-out comedy in a long time,
just letting an ensemble do really good character acting,
having them carry the movie as in my earlier pictures.
- Brian De Palma

If it hadn't been for the videocassette,
I may not have had a career at all.
- Kurt Russell

If they hadn't scored, we would've won.
- Howard Wilkinson

If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens.
- Grandma Moses

And at the same time, I had my very first concert at the age of 16.
I hadn't heard a symphony orchestra before,
and I was so deeply impressed I said I have to be a conductor.
- Kurt Masur

I hadn't worked for a couple of years so I thought
it would be nice to earn some money and pay the bills.
- Gary Oldman

He looked at me as if I were a side dish he hadn't ordered.
- Ring Lardner

I hadn't done anything in six years;
I was just vegetating.
- Joseph Wambaugh

I did go there later, but I hadn't been there before I wrote the book.
Sometimes I feel like the imagined can feel more real than the real?
- Alice Hoffman

I hadn't given much thought to the prospect of a Hugo
nomination at the time it happened,
but obviously once you're nominated,
winning one seems a bit less far-fetched than before.
- Greg Egan

I hadn't focused on mechanics since I signed professionally.
- Barry Zito

You're always in a different headspace when you make each record,
so hopefully they're all different.
You just pick up things that you wish you hadn't done on the first one.
- Keith Urban

I remember the day I found out my draft status.
I was really floored and kind of staggered around in a daze.
It just hadn't occurred to me that I could end up in Vietnam.
- Parker Stevenson

Certainly Dracula did bring a hell of a lot of joy
to a hell of a lot of women.
And if this erotic quality hadn't come out we'd have been very disappointed.
- Terence Fisher

I hadn't realized the number of people that are still
interested in listening to what I am doing,
people I would never know about if not for being online.
- Edgar Winter

We lived in the bowels of New York City.
It was a struggle just to survive.
This nice suburban kid hadn't had to do much of that before.
- Peter Bergman

So Europe's a big driver.
And at one point, if the euro hadn't devalued,
they would have been making as much money as the US with half the stores.
Returns were higher.
- Jim Cantalupo

I got to do a whole slew of TV movies playing the bad guy,
including an episode of Smallville.
That would never have happened if I hadn't done the Stand.
- Corin Nemec

I hadn't done much rapping in a while.
I really wasn't sure I was going to do that any more.
For a couple years I thought I was done with that.
It wasn't really required of me.
- Beck

That was the impetus for me to do music or art,
because I knew if I didn't try when I was young,
then I would get to be in my 40's and I'd be really unhappy that I hadn't.
- Debbie Harry

I hadn't been free from adult responsibilities since I was 12,
and I needed to experience that.
I really needed to just be a kid again.
- Claire Danes

And I'd be lying if I told you that as a black man
in baseball I hadn't gone through worse times than my teammates.
- Curt Flood

The best compliment I ever had is, one day I was in Nashville,
some disc jockey said, Hey, that sounds like a Tom T. Hall song.
Up until then there hadn't been any such thing.
- Tom T. Hall

I would never have gone anywhere if it hadn't been
for Mother's faith and support.
- Patsy Cline

Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I've ever done,
lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that
I hadn't even realized I was carrying.
- Ian Mckellen

I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it.
- Marshall McLuhan

If I hadn't done this I might have ended up digging the roads.
- Dylan Moran

I started with the firm conviction that when I came to the end,
I wanted to be regretting the things that I had done,
not the things I hadn't.
- Michael Caine

Unless an entire row of people got up in the middle
of a performance and left the theater in disgust,
I felt as though I hadn't done my job.
- Jeremy Piven

If I hadn't had the talent, the networks wouldn't have televised my fights.
No one has made me; I made myself.
I paid my dues.
- Sugar Ray Leonard


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