100th Post Celebration!

[Above photo taken by Yuzo Sato, May 1970.] Welcome to the 100th post on the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s “That’s My Home” site! Thank you for visiting and for supporting this endeavor, which was born somewhat out of necessity but which we feel has turned into something special. “That’s My Home” launched on March 27,Continue reading “100th Post Celebration!”

The Louis Armstrong Holiday Experience!

Gather the family around, it’s time for the Louis Armstrong Holiday Experience! Join the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s Hyland Harris as he tells some of our favorite stories related to Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s various Christmas celebrations spent at home and on the road. There’s a peak into Louis’s Christmas record collection, a glimpse atContinue reading “The Louis Armstrong Holiday Experience!”

“We Want Louis!”: 65 Years of “An Evening For Hungary” at Royal Festival Hall

65 years ago today, on December 18, 1956, Louis Armstrong performed for one-night-only at Royal Festival Hall in London. Writing about it afterwards in the Melody Maker, Max Jones called it a “triumph” and added, “Armstrong felt it as a kind of climax to his career.” Yet, with very few photos, no video, and noContinue reading ““We Want Louis!”: 65 Years of “An Evening For Hungary” at Royal Festival Hall”

“The World’s Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 11–Louis Armstrong Day at the World’s Fair

Last week, we rolled our ongoing tribute to the late Jack Bradley into a long, multimedia celebration of Louis Armstrong’s December 3, 1963 recording of “Hello, Dolly!,” detailing the lead-up to the session, Bradley’s original apathetic reaction to it, and the single’s surprising rise up the charts, resulting in the temporary dethroning of The BeatlesContinue reading ““The World’s Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 11–Louis Armstrong Day at the World’s Fair”

“It’s Awful Nice To Be Up There Among All Them Beatles”: The Story of “Hello, Dolly!”

On this date in 1963, Louis Armstrong stepped into a recording studio for the first time in over two years. He knocked out recordings of two Broadway showtunes–one, the title song from a production that hadn’t even opened yet–and went right back to performing nightly with his All Stars. Six months later, one of theContinue reading ““It’s Awful Nice To Be Up There Among All Them Beatles”: The Story of “Hello, Dolly!””

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 10–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 10–All Stars Rehearsal at Steinway Hall”

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 9–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 9–Pops Visits Bourbon Street”

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 8–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 8–New Jersey Gigs , Madison Square Garden and the “Louis Armstrong Is God Society””

“The Greatest Photo Taker”: Remembering Jack Bradley Part 7–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 7–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””

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