In spite of the Depression, or maybe because of it, folks were hungry for a good time, and an evening of dancing seemed a good way to have it.
The ones the listeners loved most of all in those early years were the four Lennon girls who became the whole nation’s little sisters.
Conversation didn’t seem necessary when I put the accordion down and swung some young lady around the floor.
Dreams do come true, even for someone who couldn’t speak English and never had a music lesson or much of an education.
My accent remained terrible. It was very hard for me to initiate any conversation with someone I didn’t know.
We really were a very musical family. Father managed to buy us a small pump organ, and I just loved this instrument.
If any performer has quality in his voice he can almost always be helped to develop all the other necessary attributes.
I was so anxious to succeed that I made a practice of appearing on all the disc jockey shows I could, in order to publicize the band.
The first time I try anything is invariably not very successful. I tend to grow slowly, but solidly.
I realized some of the pitfalls of being well-known; it was nice if you were successful, but it made it just that much harder to take when you failed.
One time I introduced my orchestra as the Shampoo Music Makers instead of the Champagne Music Makers.
If you put all your strength and faith and vigor into a job and try to do the best you can, the money will come.
For a while we had trouble trying to get the sound of a champagne cork exploding out of the bottle. I solved the problem by sticking my finger in my mouth and popping it out.
I have a tremendous desire to learn, and to grow, and to develop whatever I have that will make for any kind of improvement in me.
I always worried I’d forget my lines or say the wrong words or the audience would laugh in the wrong places.
When my parents first arrived there, North Dakota had just been admitted to the Union, and the country was still wild and harsh.
I knew nothing of the real life of a musician, but I seemed to see myself standing in front of great crowds of people, playing my accordion.
By 1969, when I celebrated 45 years in the music business, I also had 45 people in our musical family.