Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 96-100

Before diving into today’s post, you might want to clear off your schedule for a while because unlike many of the posts in this series, today’s offering has lots of choice audio you won’t find anywhere else. (And as always, catch up on the entire series here.) Reel 96Accession Number: 1987.3.396 We’re jumping right inContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 96-100”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 91-95

The last few installments of this ongoing series have been particularly action-packed, with lots of strong collages and audio samples from the tapes. A good example is our post on Reels 86-90 which had collages featuring Joe Glaser and the Pope (not together) and audio of Louis on both The Tonight Show and The DavidContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 91-95”

“Satchmo Under the Weather”: Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s May 16, 1969 Tape with Louis and Claudine Panassie

Last week, while continuing my ongoing series on the reel-to-reel tapes Louis Armstrong made between 1969 and 1971, I came across Reel 87, which had an interesting catalog description, written by Armstrong himself: “At Home in Corona–Statchmo [sic]–under the weather–Lucille–Claudine–Louis Panassie (THE SON OF Hugues)–Experimenting (with) the new Stereo Tape Recorder Which Lucille had InstalledContinue reading ““Satchmo Under the Weather”: Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s May 16, 1969 Tape with Louis and Claudine Panassie”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 86-90

Last time out, we featured the first installment in this series that included no collages at all, just Armstrong putting new reel numbers on the original boxes. We made up for it by sharing lots of rare audio and are happy to report that the collages return today–and so will the rare audio. Let’s begin!Continue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 86-90”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 81-85

Louis’s listening habits have been all over the place in the last couple of entries of this series, with a bunch of Broadway and film soundtracks, pop music from The Rascals, traditional jazz from Jimmy McPartland and Tony Parenti, and modern jazz from Woody Herman and Louie Bellson. We’ll pick up today with more likeContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 81-85”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 76-80

In our previous installment of this series, Louis finally started moving away from dubs of his own recordings and started listening to music old (Fats Waller, Jimmie Lunceford) and new (Lara Saint Paul, music from the 1969 film Adding Machine). That trend continues today with Louis almost exclusively listening to releases from the late 60s.Continue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 76-80”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 71-75

We’ll open with a plug for our previous entry in this series, as it set up the recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral and Armstrong’s January 13, 1970 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, each also featured in today’s post–AND included the audio of both! If this is your first time stumbling uponContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 71-75”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 66-70

The last several posts in this series have been filled with dubs of Armstrong’s own recordings (I still might make good on my threat to create a playlist that mirrors these tapes), something that continues in today’s post, but Armstrong also begins to drift a bit here, reaching back to 78s, dubbing Dr. Martin LutherContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 66-70”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 61-65

In our last post on the tapes Louis Armstrong made between 1969 and 1971, Louis was deep in the middle of a run of listening to his own music–something that continues today as we examine Reels 61-65. (Catch up on the entire series here!) Reel 61Accession Number 1987.3.361 Picking up where we left off onContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 61-65”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 56-60

This is the latest post in our ongoing series analyzing the reel-to-reel tapes Louis Armstrong made between 1969 and 1971–catch up on the whole series here and see below for Reels 56 through 60. Reel 56Accession Number 1987.3.356 Last time out, Armstrong was in the mood to listen to his own music, something that isContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 56-60”

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