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Kate Smith
May 1, 1907 - June 17, 1986
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

Most of the people who act and sing do so for their own pleasure and that of their friends and family.


I vowed that whenever my family needed me, I would give up everything to go to them, no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me.


I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage, as so many actors can.


As soon as I began to earn what might be called fairly large sums, I bought a car and began to explore the country around New York.


If rock-and-roll is well done, there's nothing so terribly wrong with that kind of music. But the lyrics are another story.


It's up to the audience. It always has been.


In nearly all ballads, the words set the mood and meaning, while the music intensifies or enhances them.


I am continually embarrassed by people who point me out as an example of what can be done without training.


In 29 years, I had recorded over 2,200 songs. I was amazed.


My singing is part of me, like my stoutness, or my light hair, or my poor eyesight.


I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of.


I was always daydreaming about singing in big productions on Broadway.


It is important that the audience should understand every syllable of every word, for only then can they grasp the meaning of the song.


I have been extremely lucky with reviewers and critics throughout my career.


I just can't read music.


I am harder on myself than anyone else could be.


I could see myself in a white nurse's uniform, working unnoticed for many years and at last dying, unknown, unmarried and unsung.


Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another.


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