I grew up in the '40s and my mother Mary Fudge played lots of Ella, Duke, Sarah, Al Hibbler, Louie, Billy Eckstine, The Count, and so many other greats. On most of the juke boxes you could pay to hear Jazz or R&B. Jazz artists were revered as well as the Oriolss, Spaniels, Ink Spots, and mucho mas. Miles and Bird caught my ear and begin to be my favorites as a Teen. R&B has always been my second love, however, I have a great love for the music that was played in the old black & white films when Blacks were given small parts. I loved James Cagney & Edward G. Robinson, Gregory Peck and Randolph Scott, Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor, Mitzie Gaynor, Dorothy Lamour, Joan Fontaine, Joan Crawford, Betty Davis and so many that I've forgotten their names. Those were some exciting poor times growing up in Detroit. But, there was so much fun to have playing sports on the playgrounds, in the streets and in vacant lots. I had the time of my life even playing hockey and strikeouts with a broomstick and a tennis ball. Detroit's winters were very cold, and the summers were very hot. My roots started at Rivard and Livingstone Streets on the lower eastside. I cherish those memories.