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It became obvious in 1957 that I was endangering my health by carrying so much weight.
– Kate Smith
In 29 years, I had recorded over 2,200 songs. I was amazed.
Ice cream was my undoing, and six chocolate milk shakes in a row were nothing to me at one time.
I have personally believed in every product I have ever advertised.
I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of.
I was always daydreaming about singing in big productions on Broadway.
I have never known stage-fright at any time.
Many people submit to excessive appetites without realizing that they do not need to eat so much food.
Since I have been singing for so many years, I don’t always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.
I just can’t read music.
This nation loves singing and loves acting.
My singing is part of me, like my stoutness, or my light hair, or my poor eyesight.
I shall always respect the composer. If I embellish, it is his idea I am embellishing.
Intelligent analysis of the composer’s intention and strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.
If rock-and-roll is well done, there’s nothing so terribly wrong with that kind of music. But the lyrics are another story.
I learn my songs by ear.
I know I’m fat and I know my hair is straight, but I can sing.
It’s up to the audience. It always has been.
Middle-aged women have greater stability, they are more loyal, and their capacity for steady work is greater than that of younger women.
I sometimes get that wonderful sympathy between me and the audience, telling me I’ve reached their hearts. And when I do, the thrill is mine.
In nearly all ballads, the words set the mood and meaning, while the music intensifies or enhances them.
I vowed that whenever my family needed me, I would give up everything to go to them, no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me.
It is important that the audience should understand every syllable of every word, for only then can they grasp the meaning of the song.
There’s no second chance on stage, and I was trained to make the most of my first chance.
Most of the people who act and sing do so for their own pleasure and that of their friends and family.
Public and employer opinion often defeat society’s best interests with a prejudice against middle-aged women.