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Mel Torme Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

I want to sing for the broadest possible audience.
- 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

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

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

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

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

I'm not buddy-buddy with the players.
If they need a buddy, let them buy a dog.
- Whitey Herzog

Buddy Holly and the early rock 'n' roll was no lighter than the way I play.
It's very minimal.
- Joni Mitchell

I am looking forward to seeing my buddy Colin represent in front of Pacino.
That's sweet.
- Michelle Rodriguez

My dog was with me all the time.
I talked to my dog.
She was my best buddy.
I shared all my secrets with her, but I don't think
I every really tried jokes out with the dog.
- Cathy Guisewite

I don't like drum solos, to be honest with you,
but if anybody ever told me he didn't like Buddy Rich
I'd right away say go and see him,
at least the once.
- Charlie Watts

Besides that, I felt guilty.
I thought for some reason...
I was alive, and Buddy and those boys were dead,
and I didn't know how, but somehow I'd caused it.
- Waylon Jennings

The first plane ride was in a homemade glider my buddy and I built.
Unfortunately we didn't get more than four feet off the ground,
because it crashed.
- Alan Shepard

When I was a young kid I loved Don Rickles,
Buddy Hackett and Jackie Vernon.
- Marc Maron

Well I guess I like variety pretty much,
but I do enjoy this work very much.
Particularly with Buddy on the gig, we get a chance
to knock each other out It'just wonderful.
- Gene Krupa

I wanted to do Buddy Faro as a small budget movie.
They said no.
So I wanted to do it as a series of recurring TV movies,
and they said no.
So I agreed to do it as a series.
- Dennis Farina

Buddy Guy finally got a break and made it.
And Buddy Guy deserves it.
- Luther Allison

Mainly what I learned from Buddy...
was an attitude.
He loved music, and he taught me that it shouldn't have any barriers to it.
- Waylon Jennings

A buddy will keep you honest and add a dimension of fun to your workout.
- Bill Toomey

I mean, I haven't been completely lacking in some enjoyment
of Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly.
But I just didn't pay attention to that period of music,
obviously.
- Warren Zevon

When Buddy played, he played all out,
all the time.
It was a wonder he didn't keel over and die before he did.
- Al Hirt

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices:
take it or leave it.
- Buddy Hackett

But I think that any young drummer starting out today
should get himself a great teacher and learn all there
is to know about the instrument that he wants to play.
- Buddy Rich

There were so many individual styles thirty or forty years ago.
- Buddy Rich

Between us and the writers, it was comedy hour the whole time.
We could hardly get through it.
- Buddy Rice

If anyone asks you what kind of music you play,
tell him 'pop.' Don't tell him 'rock'n'roll' or they
won't even let you in the hotel.
- Buddy Holly

One summer I remember, I got exposed to Chuck Berry
and Buddy Holly and Buddy Holly was a very very big,
made a very big impression on me.
Because of a lot of things, you know,
the way he looked and his charisma.
- Eric Clapton

Well, I never really practiced because I never had
the opportunity to practice.
- Buddy Rich

Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write
as long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on.
- Buddy Ebsen

It was all devastating.
I'd never dealt with losing anyone close to me,
and I didn't know where to put it in my life.
I was very young then.
Buddy taught me so much in such a short time.
- Waylon Jennings

It was like fighting with the MPAA...
to me it was like this is an R easy...
but it was NC 17 over and over and even with this cut they were like,
you are right on the edge buddy, one more thing and it's NC-17.
- Rob Zombie

So, practice, particularly after you've attained a job,
any kind of job, like playing with a four piece band,
that's...
an opportunity to develop.
- Buddy Rich

Without Elvis none of us could have made it.
- Buddy Holly

So you shouldn't really flatter yourself that they want to be your buddy.
They don't.
Generally.
They want you for some reason or other,
and you just have to fend that off all the time.
- Kurt Loder

But Buddy was an upper.
He was happy.
He loved music, and he was really happy.
I don't know...
I don't believe in reincarnation at all,
but if all that stuff is true, then he might have been on his last time around.
- Waylon Jennings

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

You only get better by playing.
- Buddy Rich

But primarily, the drummer's supposed to sit back there and swing the band.
- Buddy Rich

I've never missed a gig yet.
Music makes people happy, and that's why I go on doing it -
I like to see everybody smile.
- Buddy Guy

And, you know, I think the original recording of Ravel's Bolero,
probably whoever played percussion on that,
will never have It played better than that.
- Buddy Rich

My old English buddy, John Rackham, wrote and told
me what made science fiction different from all other kinds of literature -
science fiction is written according to the science fiction method.
- Frederik Pohl

I've had a good day when I don't fall out of the cart.
- Buddy Hackett

I've had a few arguments with people,
but I never carry a grudge.
You know why? While you're carrying a grudge,
they're out dancing.
- Buddy Hackett

When the car's going well, I purr like a kitten.
- Buddy Rice

Golf is more fun than walking naked in a strange place,
but not much.
- Buddy Hackett

I think it's a fallacy that the harder you practice the better you get.
- Buddy Rich

But, when you have to resort to turntables,
trick lights, flashing lights, fire and all that,
you're actually saying, I need this because what I
do is not all that together.
- Buddy Rich

Tyrone, I think they're taking to festivals.
I don't know which festivals it will be at.
It's like a buddy picture.
It's a couple of guys driving across the country and
they get to a small town and they hit a guy.
The guy turns out to be a drug smuggler.
- Ethan Suplee

Death is very often referred to as a good career move.
- Buddy Holly

If he's a true symphony artist, he knows better than
that because he knows that the only truly creative
musician is the jazz musician.
- Buddy Rich

So, to come In with a set routine it's something I've never believed in.
It should depend on how you feel, because you play what you feel.
- Buddy Rich

I don't know how it would play out it the long run,
if I were go to series with the story,
I don't know.
I just miss Peter so much on a personal level,
that's about what I can say.
He's my buddy and I wish he were around.
- Andreas Katsulas

I can think of a lot better things to do with my hands
than to cut them up on the rim of a drum.
- Buddy Rich

I can't sit down long enough to absorb any kind of learning.
- Buddy Rich

I'm not trying to stump anybody...
it's the beauty of the language that I'm interested in.
- Buddy Holly


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