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10 Famous Quotes by Billy Eckstine
7/8/1914 - 3/8/1993
Also Known As:  
Billy Eckstien     Billie Eckstine     William Clarence Eckstein
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As a matter of fact they'd blacken us down. I guess there's a reason that according to what the Caucasian wanted us to look like. He wanted us to look-if we were Black, then he had his idea of what we look like.

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Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame, a tenor saxophonist. Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there, he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago.

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I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch. I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect pitch can drive you crazy.

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I have one son who's a drummer and then one son writes scripts and another daughter is a model, so they're all doing their thing.

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I just went to Harvard a little while, because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington and then I went up there but I didn't stay that long because I went into show business.

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I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me. None whatsoever. The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter brown than other people of my race, maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors.

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I never had those hang-ups. I mean, I think the people that were concerned, maybe your agents and things had those things, but I never knew.

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I started mainly learning piano, but not as an accomplished pianist. I learned by just using it as a basis for harmonic structures.

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I think a song that's got something to say. I'm not much on gimmicks. I never have been because they don't last. But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it, you know, that means something.

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I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business so everything was bright to me. I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that.

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