My first inclination: I wanted to be a singer.

I was 5 years old and I was at my aunt Alice's house in Baldwin, Long Island, New York.  We always went there when my Mother had enough of my Fathers inability to care for us,  Aunt Alice was my mothers sister.  My grandfather Joe, lived with my aunt.  She took care of him.   Well I was in my room and I was singing "Roll out the Barrel".  when all of a sudden my grandfather came out Of his room and yelled "That Girl Is going to be a singer some day".  that was my first vision I had that I could some day be a singer. Why not?   After that when ever I got the chance to sit and listen to a record I would study the melody and words and sing along with it.  Over and over again.  

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