Hanging With Hyland: Louis Armstrong’s Final Years

Early July brings us memories of Louis Armstrong’s traditional July 4 birthday, as well the July 6 date of his passing. In this installment of “Hanging With Hyland,” Hyland Harris and Ricky Riccardi discuss Louis Armstrong’s final years, his determination to play the trumpet again, his final gifts to his Queens neighborhood and how Lucille Armstrong heroically took charge of his legacy after he passed.

Come back this Friday for a look at the last tape Louis Armstrong ever made and then on Saturday, July 4, we will share Armstrong’s own memories of his 55th birthday celebration at home.

Published by Ricky Riccardi

I am Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

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