“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 9–All Stars Rehearsal at Steinway Hall

Our last two posts in our Jack Bradley series (catch up on everything here) both ended by referencing Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s rare vacation in September-October 1963, a proposed eight-week cruise that, according to clarinetist Joe Darensbourg, was cut short when Louis got the itch to go back to work. Back in New York inContinue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 9–All Stars Rehearsal at Steinway Hall”

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 8–Pops Visits Bourbon Street

We closed the last installment of our ongoing Jack Bradley series by discussing Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s rare vacation in September-October 1963 and promised to tackle the story of Louis’s visit to Jack’s “Bourbon Street” nightclub in this post–except in researching this piece, I discovered that Louis’s visit to Bourbon Street actually occurred before theContinue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 8–Pops Visits Bourbon Street”

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 7–New Jersey Gigs , Madison Square Garden and the “Louis Armstrong Is God Society”

Our series on Louis Armstrong’s friendship with Jack Bradley continues today; be sure to catch-up on the rest of the series here. We’re picking up the story in 1963, a year that began with a nice achievement for Jack: one of his photos from the 1960 Louie and the Dukes of Dixieland session was onContinue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 7–New Jersey Gigs , Madison Square Garden and the “Louis Armstrong Is God Society””

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 6–Fan Mail, Queens, Goodyear Film and Newport

The first five parts of our series on the late Jack Bradley–all of which can be read here–have mostly dealt with single events Jack attended with his camera in hand: recording sessions for Louie and the Dukes of Dixieland and The Real Ambassadors, All Stars performances in Scarsdale, NY and at Freedomland, etc. But today’sContinue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 6–Fan Mail, Queens, Goodyear Film and Newport”

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 5–60 Years of “The Real Ambassadors”

After Jack Bradley passed away on March 21, we launched into a multi-part series chronicling Jack’s famed friendship with Louis Armstrong. After publishing five parts (all of which can be read here)–and only covering the first 20 months of their relationship–we shifted focus over to the 50th anniversary of Louis’s passing.. That turned into aContinue reading ““The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 5–60 Years of “The Real Ambassadors””

“He Made Me Happy–And God Knows That’s The Most Fantastic Thing!”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 5

We have reached the conclusion of our series on Lucille Armstrong’s condolence letters which means we have also reached the conclusion of our posts about the eventful year of 1971. I’ll admit off the bat that when the calendar turned to 2021, I knew there’d have to be posts on the 50th anniversary of Louis’sContinue reading ““He Made Me Happy–And God Knows That’s The Most Fantastic Thing!”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 5″

“His Wreath Will Never Wither and His Star Will Always Shine”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 4

To get a warning out of the way immediately, this will be an extra long post. Initially, we thought this would be the final post in our series sharing many of the condolence letters Lucille arrived after Louis passed away. In compiling this series, we mainly stuck to the scrapbooks Phoebe Jacobs helped assemble forContinue reading ““His Wreath Will Never Wither and His Star Will Always Shine”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 4″

“Louis Still With Us Forever”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 3

This is the third part in a series of posts devoted to sharing selections of the tens of thousands of condolence letters Lucille Armstrong received after Louis passed away on July 6, 1971 (here are links to Part 1 and Part 2). We’ve shared letters from prominent politicians, entertainers and musicians already; today’s post willContinue reading ““Louis Still With Us Forever”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 3″

“God, How I Loved That Man”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 2

Last week, we began a new series of posts sharing some of the thousands of condolence letters Lucille Armstrong received after the passing of Louis on July 6, 1971. That post centered on contributions from entertainers and politicians; today’s will focus on musicians, songwriters and those in the music business. As one can imagine, musiciansContinue reading ““God, How I Loved That Man”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 2″

“He Will Be Missed. But Above All, He Will Be Remembered”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 1

It’s been over a month since we began telling the story of Louis Armstrong’s final weeks in great detail (see all posts here) and after last week’s look at his funeral, one would think that we had reached the conclusion. But no, there’s one more component we’d like to examine in a series of postsContinue reading ““He Will Be Missed. But Above All, He Will Be Remembered”: Lucille Armstrong’s Condolence Letters Part 1″

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