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This is an album of songs that I’ve always loved, tunes that I heard. For the first time in 53 years of recording, I really…
That’s where it begins and ends for me and these songs were the ones that touched me the deepest. It was like I was laying…
Johnny Guitar… just one of my favorite singers of all time. I met him when we were both on the road with Johnny Otis in…
I talked to the record company about what I had in mind. They said they wanted something lush. I figured the best thing to do…
I really turned into, you know, the real street kid. I was kind of like a runaway, but I had a mother, you know what…
See, I don’t like places where people can’t dance – don’t like clubs or theatres where a bunch of bourgeois people sit around tip, tip,…
People always say ‘Etta, you know what your problem is? You’re neither fish nor fowl. There is no place to rack you.’ When I would…
My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play the piano so I could play jazz tunes. I wish I had learned…
My mother used to play nothing but Billie Holiday.
It’s the same thing now. When I go onstage the young people scream and holler as much as the older generation.
I was originally like a punker, know what I mean, like the punks are today, I’d spit in a minute.
I was a sloppy kid, wanted to be just wild.
I figured I could do ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World’, because I believe it’s the truth.
I don’t care who’s playing. Even if it’s my favorite artist, I’m probably not gonna go and see him.
To me, country music is like the blues, but it’s something very hip and – I don’t want to say commercial – but it’s very…
Once you lose the weight, you’re really anxious to eat healthy.
It’s not about battling the original artists when I record these songs, it’s about paying tribute to them.
Now I can stand up on the stage again like I used to after five years of sitting down while I sang.
I’m not a braggart, but when I was a little girl people used to come from all over Hollywood to hear me sing.
I like to shop, but I don’t like to go out to dances.
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