Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole

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Author Profession: US singer
Born: March 17, 1919
Died: February 15, 1965
Birth Sign: Pisces

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People don't slip. Time catches up with them.

I'm a musician at heart, I know I'm not really a singer. I couldn't compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it.

I'm proud of our court. It knocks back a lot of the propaganda the Communists put out about the way America treats her Negroes.

The only prejudice I've found anywhere in TV is in some advertising agencies, and there isn't so much prejudice as just fear.

I can't bear to see myself even in movies. The feeling is complex. I can't stand the sight of myself.

I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.

I am an American citizen and feel I am entitled to the same rights as any other citizen.

For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people. We practically starved to death.

There's just one thing I can't figure out. My income tax!

Music is emotional, and you may catch a musician in a very unemotional mood or you may not be in the same frame of mind as the musician. So a critic will often say a musician is slipping.

The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it.

I'm in the music business for one purpose - to make money.

The only sport I'm not interested in is horse racing. That's because I don't know the horses personally.

Get me well so I can get on television and tell people to stop smoking.

I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music.

Primarily I'm a meat man, although once in a while I toy with a few vegetables.

Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free.

I often wonder whether Negroes like myself who are pretty well known help out at all in breaking down barriers.

I'm not playing for other musicians. We're trying to reach the guy who works all day and wants to spend a buck at night. We'll keep him happy.

If I could read it, I could play it.

The adrenaline of a live performance is unlike anything in film or theater. I can see why it's so addictive. Gwyneth Paltrow

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger today

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