“That Cat Ain’t Never Gonna Die”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Collages and Last Birthday Party

In our last post, we discussed that Armstrong finished putting number “18” on a reel of “Armstrong’s Personal Recordings” but did not make a handwritten contents sheet for said reel. We also mentioned that Reel 17 contained the first half of what would eventually become Armstrong’s last tape, to be discussed here on July 5.Continue reading ““That Cat Ain’t Never Gonna Die”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Collages and Last Birthday Party”

“Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Tapes Part 4

If you’ve been with us this month (if you haven’t, you can now catch up on all of our 1971-related posts in one place), it’s been quite a roller coaster. Louis Armstrong barely emerged from the hospital in May 1971 and as soon as he began feeling a little better, started making a new seriesContinue reading ““Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Tapes Part 4″

“A Message To My Fans And Friends From All Over The World”: Louis Armstrong’s “Open Letter to Fans”

As we’ve been chronicling all month, the final weeks of Louis Armstrong’s life were ones filled with both tremendous pride as he looked back at his entire musical career, but also a sense of hope that he would once again be able perform for his beloved fans. The looking back was accomplished on his “Armstrong’sContinue reading ““A Message To My Fans And Friends From All Over The World”: Louis Armstrong’s “Open Letter to Fans””

“Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Tapes Part 3

In case you’ve missed it, in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we examined the first 10 volumes of what Louis Armstrong dubbed “Armstrong’s Personal Recordings,” a series of reel-to-reel tapes comprised (mostly) of his own recordings that he assembled, listened to, cataloged and played along with in the final weeks of hisContinue reading ““Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Tapes Part 3″

“I Am At Peace With The World”: Louis Armstrong Photos and Letters from June 1971

As the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s passing approaches, we have already published two detailed pieces on the tapes he made in the last week of his life, as well as the first complete publication in English of a long interview Louis and Lucille did with the German magazine Jasmine on May 25, 1971. Today’sContinue reading ““I Am At Peace With The World”: Louis Armstrong Photos and Letters from June 1971″

“Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Tapes Part 2

Last week, we kicked off our look at the tapes Louis Armstrong made in the final weeks of his life. That post has all the backstory but the quick summary is after being released from the hospital after a life-threatening heart attack, Armstrong gave a long interview with the German Jasmin magazine, then began makingContinue reading ““Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong’s Final Tapes Part 2″

“Louis’ Sick Days”: Louis Armstrong’s 1971 Jasmin Interview

Earlier this week, we published the first part in what will be a series of posts devoted to the tapes and collages Louis Armstrong made in the final weeks of his life. The response to it was so positive, we have decided to expand the series to also include posts devoted to interviews, photographs andContinue reading ““Louis’ Sick Days”: Louis Armstrong’s 1971 Jasmin Interview”

“Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong Final Tapes Part 1

Back in March, we posted an extended piece about the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s final public performances at the Waldorf-Astoria. If you know your Armstrong history, you most likely know that July 6 will represent the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s passing. But what happened in between the Waldorf engagement and Pops’s last breaths?Continue reading ““Armstrong’s Personal Recordings”: Louis Armstrong Final Tapes Part 1″

Marty Napoleon Centennial Celebration!

Today is the centennial of the swinging pianist, Marty Napoleon, who spent so many memorable years touring the road with Louis Armstrong. To commemorate this special day, we thought we’d share some treasures from our Archives related to the life of this wonderful musician. Napoleon was born Matthew Napoli in Brooklyn, a child of SicilianContinue reading “Marty Napoleon Centennial Celebration!”

“The Great Chicago Concert”: 65th Anniversary Celebration

This is a bit of a departure from our “That’s My Home” theme, which admittedly has taken us out of Queens more often than not lately. But when dealing with the globe-trotting life of Louis Armstrong, it’s awfully hard to keep him pinned down to one location! Thus, today’s post will celebrate what was anotherContinue reading ““The Great Chicago Concert”: 65th Anniversary Celebration”

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