Happy Birthday, Humphrey Deforest Bogart! (December 24th 1899 - January 14th 1957)
His first words were always, ‘Hello, Baby.’ My heart would literally pound. He was a gentle man—diametrically opposed to most of the parts he played. — Lauren Bacall
Francis Albert Sinatra || December 12, 1915 - May 14, 1998
Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing - if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.
Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra!
(December 12, 1915-May 14, 1998)
When Frank sings a song, he wraps himself around it and sinks himself into it. You can just feel every syllable and you know his soul is in it. Sinatra leaves behind a legacy of music, a legacy that will live forever. Five hundred years from now, people will be listening to his recordings and they’ll say, ‘There was only one Sinatra.’ And that’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. -Tony Bennett
This man is a giant. Not that there aren’t other good singers around. But he has imagination and scope of the rarest. After all these years, there is still no one who can approach him. -Nelson Riddle
What Sinatra has is beyond talent. It’s some sort of magnetism that goes in higher revolutions than that of anybody else, anybody in the whole of show business. -Billy Wilder
Right from the beginning, he was there with the truth of things in his voice. He was one of the very few singers who sang without a mask. -Bob Dylan
To hear this man control those 6,000 people in the audience in such a masterful manner convinces you he is a genius. He doesn’t just sing the lyrics, he plays the lyrics, and gets the emotion from them as though he were Shakespeare. He’s the greatest performer of song we’ve ever had. -Joshua Logan
His music helped us understand our own lives more clearly because he was authentically honest about himself. -Shirley MacLaine
There is not even the remotest possibility he will have a successor. -Benny Green
I don’t know what other singers feel when they articulate lyrics, but being an 18-karat manic-depressive and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an overacute capacity for sadness as well as elation. I know what the cat who wrote the song is trying to say. I’ve been there—and back. I guess the audience feels it along with me. They can’t help it. Sentimentality, after all, is an emotion common to all humanity.
The difference between surprise and suspense explained by Alfred Hitchcock:
“Here we are, back in our old situation: surprise or suspense. And we come to our old analogy of the bomb: you and I sit talking and there’s a bomb in the room. We’re having a very innocuous conversation about nothing. Boring. Doesn’t mean a thing. Suddenly, boom! the bomb goes off and they’re shocked–for fifteen seconds. Now you change it. Play the same scene, insert the bomb, show that the bomb is placed there, establish that it’s going to go off at one o’clock–it’s now a quarter of one, ten of one–show a clock on the wall, back to the same scene. Now our conversation becomes very vital, by its sheer nonsense. “Look under the table! You fool!” Now they’re working for ten minutes, instead of being surprised for fifteen seconds”.[x]
I’m happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it, in so many lives, in so many ways.
RIP Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989)