LOUIS, RICKY, AND UWE, SPREADING JOY

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Louis Armstrong is still giving us joy, and people inspired by his spirit are being generous in his name. 

The prime mover here is Ricky Riccardi, whose Louis-blog, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG (www.dippermouth.blogspot.com.), has been extra-special of late.  If you haven’t visited it, you are depriving yourself of both pleasure and insight.  Typically, Ricky spins the roulette wheel of iTunes to come up with one of Louis’s records, which he lovingly analyzes in print. 

But wait!  There’s more!  Ricky’s writing makes me hear new things in records I know by heart.  And he also provides audio of the recording and of related tracks and video clips.  It’s like a free master class with a master listener who adores Louis.   

But wait!  There’s more!  Ricky’s friend-of-Louis Uwe Zanisch turned up some heroically rare film of Louis and the All-Stars: COLOR home movies of the band in Ghana in 1956, in Sweden in 1965 and 1961.  The band on the bus — reading, sleeping, chatting — and in concert.  Priceless and heart-warming.  And, as Ricky writes, the fact that the films are silent is even more endearing.   

Visit the site: if it’s snowing and cold where you are, you’ll feel warm and enriched all day.  And, with the power vested in me, I award Ricky and Uwe the Golden Order of Louis, First Class, with crossed shuzzit.

4 responses to “LOUIS, RICKY, AND UWE, SPREADING JOY

  1. Oh, thank you for the honor. The footage are online many days. That was not my work. I’ve only made aware of it.

    Keep swinging !
    Uwe Zänisch

  2. Thanks for the heads-up on this site. Just a quick FYI, your link has a stray comma in place of a period. Keep up the good work.

  3. Uwe, anyone who adds to our experience of Louis deserves the honor! Please feel free to keep enlightening all of us.

    David, thanks for finding my error — whether it’s myopia or rotten proofreading I don’t know. But I fixed it . . . .

    Cheers to you both, Michael

  4. Youtube blocked the Sweden 1965 footage in my country…Finally, all these movies are gone… Very sad….

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