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All I wanted was to be big, to be in show business and to travel... and that's what I've been doing all my life.
 

I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, 'Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'
 

I'm saying: to be continued, until we meet again. Meanwhile, keep on listening and tapping your feet.
 

I, of course, wanted to play real jazz. When we played pop tunes, and naturally we had to, I wanted those pops to kick! Not loud and fast, understand, but smoothly and with a definite punch.
 

If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune.
 

Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.
[Blues]
 

Well, if you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!