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If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC Kurt Vonnegut, author
  • blues

The fact that we elected Obama was a sign that the black struggle inherent in the blues and so much of the music I have loved can triumph. Jack White, musician
  • black

The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around. Jimi Hendrix, musician
  • blues

Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues. Count Basie, musician
  • blues

The blues comes right back to a person's feelings, to his daily activities in life. But rich people don't know nothing about the blues, please believe me. Jimmy Rushing, musician
  • activities

I would like to involve myself in some black music. I would like to do some blues and some gospel music. I want to try stuff from other genres and try to widen my musical base. Greg Lake, musician
  • base

Parenthood always comes as a shock. Postpartum blues? Postpartum panic is more like it. We set out to have a baby; what we get is a total take-over of our lives. Polly Berrien Berends,
  • baby

The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it. B. B. King, musician
  • anybody

I have a gajillion headbands - yellows, pinks, reds, blues. I'm obsessed. Monique Coleman, actress
  • blues

Sure, I get the blues. But what I try to do, is apply joy to the blues, you know? I don't know if it's a technique, or just being bent that way, being raised by the folks I was raised by. Jeff Bridges, actor
  • apply

I love classic rock, rock and roll, that's the top notch. I love soul - bluesy music as well. Haley Reinhart, musician
  • bluesy

My folks have played everything from rock, disco, pop, funk, and blues. My dad has always brought and played different genres like jazz, classical, and Latin. With all this in my pocket, I feel I have a taste of everything for my influences. Haley Reinhart, musician
  • blues

I think I'm more influenced, just in general, not by blues artists, but more by stuff from Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder is probably my biggest musical influence of all. And Donny Hathaway. Jonny Lang, musician
  • artists

I didn't get into music to become a blues musician, or a country musician. I'm a singer-songwriter. In my book that means I get to do whatever I want. Justin Townes Earle, musician
  • become

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed. B. B. King, musician
  • music

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet. Denis Waitley, motivational speaker
  • blues

What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man. Ray Charles, musician
  • approach

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. Duke Ellington, musician
  • blues

My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50's and 60's and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians. Walter Becker, musician
  • best

I spent a few years here in Memphis, in the late '70s and early '80s, where I was studying a lot of country blues players and their styles. So it seems like every record I'll do, I will appropriate these blues styles that I remember. Alex Chilton, musician
  • appropriate

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period. Tony Iommi, musician
  • band

I'm certain that it was an incredible gift for me to not only be friends with some of the greatest blues people who've ever lived, but to learn how they played, how they sang, how they lived their lives, ran their marriages, and talked to their kids. Bonnie Raitt, musician
  • blues

The consolidation of the music business has made it difficult to encourage styles like the blues, all of which deserve to be celebrated as part of our most treasured national resources. Bonnie Raitt, musician
  • blues

The blues is something separate from what I do. They connect at certain spots, but blues is different. I wouldn't put it in with what my career has been. That would be a whole separate wing. Bob Mould, musician
  • blues

I find Indian music very funky. I mean it's very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it's the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground. John McLaughlin, musician
  • blues

Once I was checking to hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song.' Buddy Guy, musician
  • afterwards

I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians. We had serious roots that spanned different cultures, obviously the blues. Jimmy Page, musician
  • blues

Well, I don't know how they define that. But they have this Texas blues thing blown kinda out of proportion. I am a Long John Hunter blues, before and after, that's what I am. John Hunter,
  • blown

I've always loved the blues, John Lee Hooker, Janis Joplin, Hendrix. Eddie Money, musician
  • blues

I'm not good enough to be playin' much acoustic guitar onstage. Man, you gotta get so right; I mean, the tones, the feel, the sound. Plus, acoustic blues guitar is just that much harder on the fingers. Johnny Winter, musician
  • acoustic

I really appreciate when someone can blow me away with live acoustic blues. Johnny Winter, musician
  • acoustic

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel. Jimi Hendrix, musician
  • blues

There's no way in the world I can feel the same blues the way I used to. When I play in Chicago, I'm playing up-to-date, not the blues I was born with. People should hear the pure blues - the blues we used to have when we had no money. Muddy Waters, musician
  • blues

I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory. Muddy Waters, musician
  • blues

Saturday night is your big night. Everybody used to fry up fish and have one hell of a time. Find me playing till sunrise for 50 cents and a sandwich. And be glad of it. And they really liked the low-down blues. Muddy Waters, musician
  • big

I like blues but it is music I am too ignorant to understand. Barry Gibb, musician
  • blues

It is commercial pop that the majority of people understand. A working man's daughter would not understand blues. Barry Gibb, musician
  • blues

I believe in everything; nothing is sacred. I believe in nothing; everything is sacred. Ha Ha Ho Ho Hee Hee. Tom Robbins, author
  • cowgirls

The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me. Alberta Hunter, musician
  • best

I don't wanta do any Blues or any sad songs. Bob Livingston, politician
  • blues

Don't waste your time away thinkin' 'bout yesterday's blues. Jon Bon Jovi, musician
  • blues

Everybody thinks I'm, like, a bad boy. I've had my day, but I just sit at home and play the blues mostly. Brad Renfro, actor
  • bad

I think the blues is fine for blues players, but free blues has never made much sense to me. Derek Bailey, musician
  • blues

My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues. Mark Knopfler, musician
  • blues

The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand. And out of them came the blues, a new kind of song of commentary and satire, a song form which, after all, has become the main musical form of the whole human species. Alan Lomax, writer
  • ballads

The old Fleetwood Mac was much better; they did some beautiful and, to my mind, very authentic blues. Chicken Shack did pretty well in Europe, but after I left, it was over. Christine McVie, musician
  • authentic

I still like to play the blues more than anything else. Christine McVie, musician
  • anything

I wouldn't think a blues album would be that commercially successful, but I don't really care. I'd do it for the love of blues, not for the money. I've got plenty of money. Christine McVie, musician
  • album

As far as I'm concerned, blues and jazz are the great American contributions to music. Edgar Winter, musician
  • american

I go out with my band six months of the year and the rest of them with the Blues Brothers. Eddie Floyd, musician
  • band

I always loved Sam Cooke, because he seemed very versatile. He sang gospel, soul, blues, pop music. Aaron Neville, musician
  • blues

We are trying to prove that the blues lives on forever and anybody in this place can sing the blues. Ruth Brown, musician
  • anybody

There was a time we decided that it was songs that were done especially from my background because of the things we were dealing with, but nowadays, anybody who has a need, and can find the need, they can sing the blues. Ruth Brown, musician
  • anybody

But of course it's different now, the blues is no longer blues, it's green now. Ruth Brown, musician
  • blues

We didn't go for music that sounded like blues, or jazz, or rock, or Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones. We didn't want to be like any of the other bands. Michael Giles, musician
  • bands

But my big thing was always the blues. Luther Allison, musician
  • big

In the blues, it just takes so long for us to get recognized. Luther Allison, musician
  • blues

I don't want to be in some big beautiful place that nobody want me, because I play the blues. Luther Allison, musician
  • beautiful

But I did that, and I created another blues scene, another something I can sing about. Luther Allison, musician
  • another

I have as much input to the blues; I just never got the chance, the opportunity or maybe the respect. Luther Allison, musician
  • blues

The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues. Luther Allison, musician
  • blues

Before I left, I opened a lot of doors for a lot of people to play the blues. Luther Allison, musician
  • blues

But what I like to sing mostly is blues and cabaret style. Moira Kelly, actress
  • blues

A lot of people relate me to the blues but I don't think it's a hindrance at this point. I've been doing it long enough that I can do different things and be accepted. Paul Butterfield, musician
  • accepted

There was some scene in The Blues Brothers movie, when they had the chicken wire across the front of the stage, and it was almost like that. They had a big guard rail around the stage, which kept the college kids from getting on... we had some good times. William Bell,
  • almost

I stayed with them for about a year up there and, at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place. William Bell,
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James Cotton is a real blues guy, and he played with Muddy Waters, and it surprised me that they would want me to make a record with them, that he called me to do this record. I'd never done anything like that before. But I love blues, so I was very happy. Charlie Haden, musician
  • anything

God, I'm just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know? Joe Cocker, musician
  • bald

I not only played and sang blues, but I also had to toss the piano around a bit to amuse the patrons. Hope Emerson, actress
  • amuse

There's a difference between the blues of the New Orleans guys and anyone else and the difference is in a chord, but I can't figure the name of it. It's a different chord, and they all make it. Jimmy Rushing, musician
  • anyone

The blues tells a story in itself. It can make you happy or give you a feeling to swing. Jimmy Rushing, musician
  • blues

If I'm going to do blues, it's going to be a typical Jimmy Rushing record. Jimmy Rushing, musician
  • blues

It was the early days of Rock 'n' Roll in this country. We were all struggling to learn music, it might be Country, Jazz, Classical, Blues or even Rock 'n' Roll. Jim Sullivan, musician
  • blues

Blues music is becoming more and more popular than it ever was. I'm always meeting people on the road that are really young, and are guitar players. male and female. Mick Taylor, musician
  • becoming

The Blues scene now is international. In the '50s it was purely something that you would hear in black clubs, played by black musicians, especially in America. But from the '60s onwards it changed. Mick Taylor, musician
  • america

The Beatles and The Stones were basically inspired by American Rhythm and Blues. Mick Taylor, musician
  • american

I got to see all these incredible blues players, like Jimmy Reed. Johnny Rivers, musician
  • blues

I think a guy who's had just the right amount of booze can sing the blues a hell of a lot better than a guy who is stone sober. Charlie Rich, musician
  • amount

People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and some of those Sun Records blues guys. Brian Setzer, musician
  • blues

With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else. First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues. Brian Setzer, musician
  • blues

My dad was good friends with the Bad Medicine Blues Band - one of the only blues bands in Fargo, as you can imagine! He took me out to see them play when I was 12 years old and I was really inspired by their guitar player, Ted Larsen. Jonny Lang, musician
  • bad

When I began my career, I was constantly referred to as the kid who could play the blues. Jonny Lang, musician
  • blues

He's written some great songs. I thought that "Blues Man" was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute. Alan Jackson, musician
  • blues

Then I started checking out blues albums from the library and playing the harp along with them. John Goodman, actor
  • albums

Once you discover that you can, then you must. And it's not easy. You have to take direct steps. You really have to count your blessings and you have to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the blues. Al Jarreau, musician
  • blessings

It was stumbling on to really the bible of the blues, you know, and a very powerful drug to be introduced to us and I absorbed it totally, and it changed my complete outlook on music. Eric Clapton, musician
  • bible

Blues is a natural fact, is something that a fellow lives. If you don't live it you don't have it. Young people have forgotten to cry the blues. Now they talk and get lawyers and things. Big Bill Broonzy, composer
  • blues

I had a problem with cops pulling me over all the time for speeding. When I was doing Hill Street Blues, the cops said how much they loved the show as they were writing me up; meanwhile my insurance went through the roof. Jennifer Tilly, actress
  • blues

Hill Street Blues gave me an opportunity to work with an ensemble cast of people whose work I admired. Steven Bochco, producer
  • admired

Hill Street Blues might have been the first television show that had a memory. One episode after another was part of a cumulative experience shared by the audience. Steven Bochco, producer
  • another

I still think the best metal bands have a blues feel. The first Black Sabbath album is kind of a bludgeoning of blues. Deep Purple also started out as a blues band. Greg Ginn, musician
  • album

I'm not really a country singer, although I did make a couple albums and love its simple, straight-from-the-heart approach, but I have always sung a lot of jazz, show tunes, pop tunes, gospel and blues. Dinah Shore, actress
  • albums

I've always thought Blues Point Tower is one of my best buildings and I stand by that. Harry Seidler, architect
  • best

The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren't worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice. Lucinda Williams, musician
  • blues

I'm John Lee Hooker in the sense that he was a blues man and he played blues his whole life. I'm a rock guy and I'm going to play rock music my whole life. Sammy Hagar, musician
  • blues

So, maybe you don't see blues so much in Styx's music but it is definitely part of Tommy's early music. James Young, musician
  • blues

The only time it dominates is during a solo, or when we play a low blues and I put figures in behind Eric's vocals. There's never any real problem fitting guitar and organ together. Alan Price, musician
  • behind

When you sit down and think about what rock 'n' roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock 'n' roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues. Little Richard, musician
  • blues

See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues. Jimi Hendrix, musician
  • blues

I've gone the full spectrum - from gospel to blues to jazz to soul to pop - and the public has accepted what I've done through it all. I think it means I've been doing something right at the right time. Lou Rawls, musician
  • accepted

I didn't want to go out and change anything. I just wanted to make the music that was part of my background, which was rock and blues and hip-hop. Kid Rock, musician
  • anything

My take on rap is driven by straightforward American southern rock and blues. Kid Rock, musician
  • american

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