Sunday, August 4, 2013

Louis Armstrong

Happy birthday to Louis Armstrong, born 112 years ago today (08/04/1901) in the world's most musical city, New Orleans.  In 1961, he worked with another musical genius, Duke Ellington, on the soundtrack for the film Paris Blues, which featured Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Diahann Carroll and Joanne Woodward.  In addition to his soundtrack contributions, Armstrong appeared in the movie, playing a character, a trumpet player naturally, called Wild Man Moore.  Here's the song by that name from the soundtrack.

Duke Ellington featuring Louis Armstrong  -  Wild Man Moore

Photo: the Jet magazine archives.

1 Comment:

Joe non Papa said...

I've been listening to some of Satchmo's very earliest recordings - the Hot Five and Hot Seven combos from the 1920s. They are truly amazing - there was nothing like it at the time.