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American jazz singer from the 1930s to the 1950s, 1915-1959
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“There's no damn business like show business -- you have to smile to keep from throwing up.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Mama may have, papa may have,
But God bless the child that's got his own!”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Money, you have lots of friends
hanging round the door.
When it's gone
and the spending ends
They don't come no more.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“If you think dope is for kicks and for thrills, you're out of your mind. There are more kicks to be had in a good case of paralytic polio or by living in an iron lung.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“People don't understand the kind of fight it takes to record what you want to record the way you want to record it.”

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