FB: Well Mae, nice to have you visiting us here at Berklee College of Music and it's been my pleasure to be your friend and associate of yours in the music world for quite a long while. MA: You can tell the truth it's been about 40 years. FB: All of that. MA: We go way back. FB: We've asked you to come up here today because of your long standing prominence in the Boston entertainment community, and your long affiliation and friendship with a lot of the great professional players in town and the fact that you've earned your spurs as Boston's first lady of song. We're really happy that you're with us today. You can share some of your memories and accomplisments with us. MA: Oh Fred you're very kind. Bless your heart. When you stop and think about going back through my history here. This whole area has changed. Downtown has changed. So much has changed since I first came to Boston. That's when I first walked off that plane in 1952. I didn't know that I was gonna be spending the rest of my life in this town. But having done so it's been I must say it;s been an education and it's been a love in a way. 'Cause I fell in love with these cobblestone streets downtown that I'd never seen them growin up in Harlem. Tenements and stuff and seeing this little tiny houses. I fell in love with the town and ended up staying. And doing so I got a heck of an education here. FB: What was that occasion that you took that 15 dollar flight up from Manhattan to Boston? MA: I just got into a hotel, when my uncle called me. e was managing the old professional buisnessman's bureau on Mass Ave at the time. And he was also affiliated with the owners of the Celebrity club, which savy louis was the house band down there and he put on complete floor shows, complete out of town floor shows. 'Cause the Larry Steele show was here at the time and I came.