THAT FIRECRACKER BABY (July 4, 2016)

Photograph courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum

Photograph courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum

The Fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States: our Independence Day.  And it is also the day that Louis Armstrong said was his birthday.  So did his mother, so even though I don’t think he was born in 1900 but in 1901, if your mother says you were her “firecracker baby,” that takes precedence.

FIREWORKS OKeh

Here, the Fourth of July is celebrated with fireworks.  So this 1928 recording is doubly appropriate.  I salute Tim Gracyk and thank him for his lovely YouTube presentation:

And since three minutes of Louis is never enough, I offer the good news that Columbia University’s FM radio station is back online / streaming, and that on both July 4 and August 4, they do twenty-four hour celebrations of Louis’s birthdays.  To hear that broadcast and future broadcasts, click here (the station’s Facebook page) or directly here.

And with a small orthographical variation . . .

May your Louis-ness increase!

2 responses to “THAT FIRECRACKER BABY (July 4, 2016)

  1. Sven Sderbom

    Thank you for letting me know! This made my day. I’ll stay with Louis all day.

    Best regards

    Sven

  2. Nancie Beaven

    So happy to access WKCR on line! When I lived in NJ I listened to Phil Schaap’s show every morning…and WKCR’s sometimes week long celebrations of my favorite Jazz Greats! Especially Pops!

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