I was like the queen of the South.
But of course it's different now, the blues is no longer blues, it's green now.
Unfortunately, the young generation, who I believe have their own place in the sun like I had mine; but I wish it was possible there were other ways to have them understand this music was here before they came, and the reason that it was here.
There were times that Harvey (Fuqua),myself, B.B King, we almost had to go to jail to sing this stuff.
Unfortunately, I'm a little concerned where the legends are coming from nowadays.
There are stories that people don't want to talk about that brought this music through.
And, of course, I was singing cheap.
We are trying to prove that the blues lives on forever and anybody in this place can sing the blues.
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.
When I saw all of the people I have known all these years, when we got together, it was scary because B.B King and I lived in the same place in Nevada.
I was trying to do Billie Holiday, because she was the voice to be heard at that time.
I sang on Church Street, every place that had a stage.
I thought the best thing you were supposed to do was find somebody and try to sound like them.
When I got through, Duke Ellington stood up and started the applause.