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Mose Allison

Mose Allison

Jazz Blues Poet Laureate 1992

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Mose Allison, LA 1992

What has been the most important contribution to your livelihood? Is it the records?

No, it’s singing the songs and working in clubs that has kept me alive. I never made any money on my records. The only money I made from records was from the mechanical licenses when Van Morrison, or The Who, or the other artists recorded my songs. According to the record companies, my records have never made money. After 30 years, a few of them may have made it out of the red.

Well, what’s the key to your success?

The key to my success is the fact that I will get to play again this week [laughs]. I like playing, and I like what I’m doing. I’m fortunate. Throughout my career, I’ve run across super-talented people all over the world—and you’ll never hear of them. They were never able to make a living, or they gave it up. I know that there is an element of luck, and I’ve persevered. I’ve kept at it and no matter how sentimental and silly it is, I still keep trying to play well. I keep trying to do a good job. In fact, I’ve got a line that I haven’t used yet—“I’m just a sentimental slob. I even try to do a good job.”


  

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