I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me. None whatsoever. The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter brown than other people of my race, maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors.
Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame, a tenor saxophonist. Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there, he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago.
You can't sing about love unless you know about it.
L.A. is kind of laid back, but New York, everybody is out there for that buck, you know.
If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer you must go to college. But if you want to be a musician or such, study your craft. Study music.