vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Tomorrow, it's Satchmo's birthday!

For the past two years, we've noted that Louis Armstrong's birthday is August 4 (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/18876.html and http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/125802.html), so why should we stop now? Armstrong is the wellspring from which so much of American popular music derives from -- and that includes genres other than jazz. As his good friend Bing Crosby once said when introducing Armstrong on the radio, Louis "is 100 percent music." No argument there (and I'm certain Carole Lombard had at least a few Armstrong records in her collection).

To celebrate, here are some Satchmo musical highlights, opening with a pair from the 1956 movie "High Society." Here's Louis and his band singing the "High Society Calypso" to begin the film, as Armstrong provides an overview of the plot (it's a semi-remake of "The Philadelphia Story"):

Next, Louis and Bing together on the exhilarating "Now You Has Jazz":

Louis Armstrong's 1932 classic, "(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You," is featured in this Betty Boop cartoon:

Finally, I knew Armstrong played on country legend Jimmie Rodgers' 1930 "Blue Yodel No. 9." But what I didn't know is that Louis did a version of it with Johnny Cash on Cash's TV show:

On Aug. 4, WKCR-FM (89.9 in New York) will present a 24-hour Armstrong "birthday broadcast," as it does annually. You can hear the marathon at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/wkcr/.

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