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.
Began Uncles Performance
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.
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.
Top Two Directions
See, I never wrote arrangements for the band for Judy Garland; I did strictly special material, special lyrics, put together all of her medleys.
Band Arrangements Material
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.
Think Business Indeed
As regards my feelings about drummers - there's Buddy Rich, and then there's everybody else.
Because Chicago was to radio what Hollywood was to films and Broadway was to the theatre: it was the hub of radio.
Films Broadway Theatre
Buddy Rich is one of a kind; he's a genius, and that's all there is to it.
Rich Buddy Rich
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.
Hundreds Memory Fifteen
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.
Dead Just Stage
I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of the busiest child dramatic actors in America.
America Dramatic Radio
I want to sing for the broadest possible audience.
Want Broadest I