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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!


Here is a wondrous (and famous) 1933 Louis Armstrong record, LAUGHIN’ LOUIE — which combines the comic pretense of the brassman who can’t play because he is laughing too hard with Louis’ stunning a cappella rendition of “Love Song,” a silent-movie theme by Minnie T. Wright (thanks to Vince Giordano for this discovery):

Imagine a world without Louis Armstrong.  Impossible and unthinkable.

Happy Birthday, Pops.  You are the beautiful part.  And my use of the present tense is no stage joke.

For the ultimate blogpost on LAUGHIN’ LOUIE, I offer the one written by the Louis-master, Ricky Riccardi — a feast for the ear and heart.  And thanks to all the vipers and musicians in the house: Clarence, Little Bobby Hacksaw, Milton Mesirow, and a thousand more.

May your happiness increase.