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/.