Behind the Scenes Tour of the Armstrong House – Part 1

We promised something special with our “Hanging With Hyland” series and here it is! The Louis Armstrong House Museum remains closed because of the pandemic but that didn’t stop our own Hyland Harris from recently filming a behind-the-scenes walk-through of the Armstrong House. As you’ll hear, he calls this “The Bessie Tour” in honor ofContinue reading “Behind the Scenes Tour of the Armstrong House – Part 1”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 16-20

Again, for those just joining the party, you can catch up with Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series, exploring the reel-to-reel tapes Louis Armstrong made in the last two years of his life. Like last week, we have another run today of 1950s tapes that Louis grabbed off his shelf, renumberedContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 16-20”

“The Kiss of Joy”: Enrico Tomasso Remembers Louis Armstrong

This is slightly different edition of “That’s My Home,” but that title phrase will come back in a big way towards the end of this post. (We should mention that we have some very exciting “Hanging With Hyland” segments in the can, but we’re still doing some edits and should have them ready for nextContinue reading ““The Kiss of Joy”: Enrico Tomasso Remembers Louis Armstrong”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 11-15

This is the third part in what will be a very long series examining the music Louis Armstrong dubbed to tape and cataloged, as well as the collages he designed, in the last two years of his life. (In case you missed it, here’s the links to Part 1 and Part 2.) Today, we continueContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 11-15”

Neighbor Spotlight: Denise Pease Remembers “Uncle Louis”

Denise Pease has been a resident of Corona for as long she can remember. The familiarity that Louis sparks in her comes from her memories gathering on Louis’s stoop with other children hoping to get the usual 50 cents Louis handed each of them for their college savings–which always ended up at the closest bodegaContinue reading “Neighbor Spotlight: Denise Pease Remembers “Uncle Louis””

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 6-10

Last week, we got the ball rolling in our new series analyzing the contents of the 200 or so reel-to-reel tapes Louis Armstrong made in the last two years of his life, covering Reels 1 through 5. This week, we will continue with Reels 6 through 10. Reel 6Accession Number 2003.197.8 This is another recycledContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 6-10”

Happy Birthday, Pops! Louis and Friends Read Birthday Telegrams

Today is August 4, meaning it is time to celebrate Louis Armstrong’s “other” birthday (August 4 was a meaningless date to Armstrong, who sincerely believed he was born on July 4, but it’s the date on the baptismal certificate unearthed by Tad Jones so it gives us another reason to celebrate!). Last month, we sharedContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Pops! Louis and Friends Read Birthday Telegrams”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 1-5

Louis Armstrong spent about 70 years on this planet, 28 of them in Corona, Queens. Yet time and again, we find ourselves returning to the last two years of his action-packed life. Why is that? Mainly because the theme of this site is “That’s My Home,” focusing on how Armstrong occupied himself when he wasContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Tapes: Reels 1-5”

Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Scrapbooks: Scrapbook 2

Back in June, we did a three-part entry on a scrapbook Louis Armstrong compiled while convalescing at home in Corona, Queens after two stints in intensive care (here are the links to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3). Armstrong labeled that particularly packed volume as scrapbook “1” and compiled it from late 1969 throughContinue reading “Louis Armstrong’s 1969-1971 Scrapbooks: Scrapbook 2”

“The Cats Was Blowing!”: Other Trumpet Players in Louis Armstrong’s Record Collection

“Listen to all kinds of music” was one of Louis Armstrong’s mantras, as evidenced in our first post about his record collection. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Armstrong listened to all kinds of trumpeters. Then again, maybe it will be a surprise to some as he spent a number of years blastingContinue reading ““The Cats Was Blowing!”: Other Trumpet Players in Louis Armstrong’s Record Collection”

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