“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Legacy of Louis Armstrong…

Posted on May 23, 2012 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   The final recordings of Louis Armstrong can be yours through the Smithsonian Institute.  Six months before Satchmo died, he made one final appearance in 1971 at the Inauguration of incoming National Press Club President Vernon Louviere, a fellow native of New Orleans. Armstrong’s signature voice and trumpet playing were captured, and put on vinyl a year later after his passing. Only 300 album copies were initially pressed. David Frost can also be heard, since he was the emcee at the event.

   These rare moments are now widely available for the first time from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings as part of their 11th annual celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. The CD is entitled Satchmo at The National Press Club: Red Beans & Rice-ly Yours. Notable live versions include Hello Dolly, A Theme From The Threepenny Opera (Mack the Knife) and Boy From New York City. Own a piece of our cultural history!

   His health in decline, Louis Armstrong died in his sleep of a heart attack on July 6, 1971, a month before his 70th birthday. What a Wonderful World of jazz he left behind. His body-of-work in music and cinema is considered immeasurable.


   As I mentioned last August in a major announcement, the Director’s Forever Stamps are finally available. Featured on each piece of postage is the face of iconic filmmakers, with a scene from representative motion pictures in the background. While mailing a letter, you can place a stamp featuring Frank Capra / It Happened One Night; John Ford / The Searchers; Billy Wilder / Some Like It Hot; or John Huston / The Maltese Falcon.

   The US Postal Service  Forever Series can be applied to a letter ad infinitum, even if the price of a stamp appreciates.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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