Louis Armstrong came to visit us in tangible form on July 4, 1901, and he transformed into spirit on July 6, 1971. I know that so many lives would have been different — less illuminated — had he not existed.
Here is something in his honor, lest we forget his power to spread joy.
I find it odd that I’ve never seen sheet music of his theme song with his face on the cover — my copy of the song, from 1931, is a Mildred Bailey sheet — but the significance of that eludes me. Here is Louis’ first recording of the song he would sing and play hundreds and thousands of times.
“Good evening, everybody!”
And if any disputatious readers want to fuss about July 4, 1901, take it up with Mayann, the mother of the “firecracker baby.” If others wish to quarrel about “darkies,” I understand the impulse . . . but there are other, better ways to use one’s energy.
May your happiness increase!