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Once in a while, I try to sneak in something less known anyway.
– Bobby Short
But life is tough and if you’re creative, it’s tougher.
If you try to do that in pop music – to play only rare show tunes, for example – people don’t come.
Even in today’s opera world, the position of the black tenor is problematic.
I was very young at the time, and I mainly appreciated their vocal qualities, even though I was already living as they did – as black performers in a white world.