When I was little I thought, isn’t it nice that everybody celebrates on my birthday? Because it’s July 4th.
– Gloria Stuart
When I was six, my best friend’s parents bought him a piano. My mother noticed that every time I would go to his house, the first thing I would say to him was ‘Levester’ – His name was Levester – I said, ‘Levester, can I go play your piano?’ So, on my 7th birthday, my parents bought me a piano.
– Herbie Hancock
When I auditioned for drama college, they asked me to do my Shakespeare. I couldn’t do it. They asked me to do my modern, and I couldn’t do it. They asked me if I had a song prepared, and I said ‘No,’ so I sang ‘Happy Birthday.’ And I did a reasonable improvisation, a reasonable one, nothing special at all. I don’t know how I got in, but I did.
– Hans Matheson
I wanted to be the next Dana Carvey. This was my ultimate goal. If I ever cut into a birthday cake and made a wish, I would wish to be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ If I threw a coin into a fountain, I would wish to be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ If I saw a shooting star, I would wish to be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
– Jimmy Fallon
I can sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to you in twelve different places, but one of them is going to make you feel a certain thing, maybe it’s a vulnerability, maybe an innocence, maybe another way is sexy and soulful or bluesy whatever it is, but with singers, exploring keys, I think, is important.
– Idina Menzel