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Music Quotes

We keep a database of awesome hand-picked quotes from a variety of authors, musicians, and key people about music, soul, jazz, musicianship, guitars and all things music! Every order you receive from our shop, find a fun new music quote on the bottom of your packing slip! Below are some of our favorites.

You don't have to be black to love the blues
- Junior Parker
I had a different kind of collaboration with David [Bowie] and it was more to do with the singing. All those English guys felt I could sing. They felt there was something to learn from my singing. My vocals are natural.
- Tina Turner
If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'
- John Lennon
I think that life's too long to bother with suing Andrew f**king Lloyd Webber.
- Pink Floyd's Roger Waters on Webber stealing "Echoes" for the opening of the 1987 film Phantom of the Opera
Jazz is not just music, it's a way of life, it's a way of being, it's a way of thinking.
- Nina Simone
They ain't got enough soul, man. They ain't had enough hard times.
- Muddy Waters
Lord, that 61 Highway is the longest road I know
- Mississippi Fred McDowell
When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I knew this is where the soul of man never dies.
- Sam Phillips, Owner, Sun Records
For millions of years mankind lived just like animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination We learned to talk.
- Stephen Hawking, sampled, on Pink Floyd's 'Keep Talking' (Division Bell, Side 2, Track 9)
I played with him. Howlin' Wolf was a mean man, but you know who was meaner? Howlin' Wolf was scared of Jimmy Reed.
- L.C. Ulmer
Little Red Hen said to the little red rooster, you don't come round my chicken shack as much as you use to... roosta
- Taj Mahal
I was only interested in two things: being true to myself and being true to the music
- Ray Charles
the Pink Floyd does not know what people mean by psychedelic pop and are not trying to create hallucinatory effects on their audiences.
- EMI Press Release for Pink Floyd's debut album, The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
The note is only twenty percent. The attitude of the motherfuc*er who plays it is eighty percent.
- Miles Davis
I used to listen to [Sonny Boy Williamson] a lot when I was a kid.
- Levon Helm, The Band
The sun, the moon and the herbs is all here and they call on you
- Dr John, Black John the Conqueror, The Sun Moon & Herbs (1971)
Western swing is not that far from jazz and blues.
- Willie Nelson
With Hank Williams, he was a voice. Muddy Waters was a voice. They were both blues singers to me.
- Van Morrison
We'd like to thank the Beatles for lending us their stadium.
- Sting, The Police, to a packed Shea Stadium, NYC, August 18, 1983
[Chess Records] released ten thousand records [of Mojo Workin'] on Friday, by Saturday 1:00 you couldn't buy one. They were selling records then for .79 cents... I raised the price.
- Muddy Waters