Al Hirt Quotes

Alois Maxwell "Al" Hirt (November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999) was an American trumpeter and bandleader. He is best remembered for his million-selling recordings of "Java" and the accompanying album Honey in the Horn (1963), and for the theme song to The Green Hornet. His nicknames included "Jumbo" and "The Round Mound of Sound". Colin Escott, an author of musician biographies, wrote that RCA Victor Records, for which Hirt had recorded most of his best-selling recordings and for which he had spent much of his professional recording career, had dubbed him with another moniker: "The King." Hirt was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in November 2009

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Al Hirt


In my opinion, Louis Armstrong is the greatest trumpet stylist of all time and has influenced every trumpet player of his time and long after

Al Hirt


When Buddy played, he played all out, all the time. It was a wonder he didn't keel over and die before he did.

Al Hirt


I've been glued to the TV. I am absolutely devastated.

Al Hirt


I always smoked cigars. I've smoked cigars with everybody in show business.

Al Hirt


“A little bit of this, a little bit of that. I never had any specific style.”

Al Hirt


“[He could belt out traditional blues and jazz with the best of them, but -- to the dismay of jazz purists -- he would also record pop tunes that sold millions of albums.] I'm a pop commercial musician, and I've got a successful format, ... If you have the ability to perform your musical idea, you become a good jazz player.”

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“Rich could play way better than Krupa.”

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“The New Orleans I knew is gone, ... It's never going to come back. I'm just grateful I had my years down there to see and be a part of it. I am so glad Al isn't here to see what has happened to his city.”

Al Hirt


“Old Sharkey had a fat sound, man. He could blow like wild fire and when he played, I am telling you, the whole place would stop dead-away and listen!”

Al Hirt


“I don't know, ... I do not know.”

Al Hirt