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Les Baxter
March 14, 1922 - January 15, 1996
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I did the Broadway album unfortunately in a year when there were no hits.


Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers.


I've been down there 6 times and there's nothing like Brazilian percussion.


In a sense, a hit belongs to the person who made it popular, but if a tune is good enough to attain tremendous success, then it certainly deserves more than one version, one treatment, one approach.


Well, that's the secret of commerciality, a simple style and you stick with it.


Any good music must be an innovation.


You know, they wanted to do a Broadway album and every show was kind of a bomb. There was no music at all.


I love doing concert music.


Under my contract with Capitol, I have complete freedom to do just about anything I want in my own way.


I don't know what the problem with Capitol is. Some one's got to wake 'em up. Prod 'em a little bit.


I write emotional music.


I aim my arrangements at what will fit and colorfully frame the song in the best way possible.


I don't try to make 15 musicians sound like two each.


When I want 30 musicians in the orchestra, I get 30.


I've never believed in cheapening music by going according to what some people think is public taste.


That was when the Spanish came in and conquered the Aztecs. I thought that was a clever thing.


I was working all the time I was in college. I was working so much that I could hardly do my college work.


I'm not an intellectual composer.


I don't think the record company is aware of it. Because they just bury my albums and don't release them.


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