A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 07, 2013
“Poor complain about money they can’t get; rich complain about money they can’t keep”

"The poor complain about the money they can’t get and the rich complain about the money they can’t keep” is a line that appeared frequently in the newspaper columns of New York entertainment writer Earl Wilson (1907-1987). In a March 1957 column, Wilson credited the line to Al Hibbler (1915-2001), an American baritone vocalist.


Wikipedia: Al Hibbler
Albert George “Al” Hibbler (August 16, 1915 – April 24, 2001) was an American baritone vocalist, who sang with Duke Ellington’s orchestra before having several pop hits as a solo artist. Some of Hibbler’s singing is classified as rhythm and blues, but he is best seen as a bridge between R&B and traditional pop music. According to one authority, “Hibbler cannot be regarded as a jazz singer but as an exceptionally good interpreter of twentieth-century popular songs who happened to work with some of the best jazz musicians of the time.”

Google News Archive
22 March 1957, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, “In New York” by Earl Wilson, pf. 24, col. 6:
WISH I’D SAID THAT: “The poor complain about the money they can’t get and the rich complain about the money they can’t keep.”—Al Hibbler.

Google News Archive
12 November 1960, The Blade (Toledo, OH), “That’s Earl, Brother” by Earl Wilson, pg. 9, col. 3:
WISH I’D SAID THAT: The poor complain about the money they can’t get and the rich complain about the money they can’t keep.

Google Books
Toastmasters Treasury
By Edward L. Friedman
New York, NY: Harper
1960
Pg. 159:
I’M THE KIND OF PERSON WHO…
Complains about the money I can’t get. Only the rich complain about the money they can’t keep.

Google Books
14,000 Quips & Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers, and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1990, ©1980
Pg. 95:
The poor complain about the money they can’t get, and the rich complain about the money they can’t keep.

Kitty’s Korner
Sunday, October 24, 2010
$$$ Money Isn’t Happiness, People $$$
(...)
The poor complain about the money they can’t get and the rich complain about the money they can’t keep.

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The poor complain about the money they can’t get and the rich complain about the money they can’t keep. - Joe Moore #quotes #humor
6:45 PM - 6 Sep 13

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Saturday, September 07, 2013 • Permalink