Google Alerts is my pal, sending me news of Lester, Ruby, Big Sid, and Louis, whenever their names crop up online. In Louis’s case, the Alert sometimes has nothing to do with music — there are schools, an airport, and a stadium named for him. This latest bit of Armstrong-related news was surprising and more.
A newspaper profile of a man named Herb Armstrong, a handsome Australian singer, appears in the Redcliffe & Bayside Herald. That newspaper serves the area around Brisbane, including the colorfully-named Deception Bay.
I found Herb’s brief sketch of his ancestry intriguing:
The timbre in his voice is, perhaps, unsurprising. Herb is a grandson of the late, great jazz musician Louis Armstrong. “I’m a love-child,” he says. Herb’s mother Decina met Louis Armstrong’s son, a drummer, in New Orleans. They fell in love and the result was Herb.
None of the biographies of Louis have documented any children. Perhaps Herb’s story should be included in the planned Forrest Whitaker film on Louis’s life? Comments, anyone?
You can read the original profile: