All of Me: The Complete Discography of Louis Armstrong

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Overview

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong was not only jazz's greatest musician and innovator, but also arguably its most famous entertainer and the frontal figure in the development of contemporary popular music. Overcoming social and political obstacles, he created a long and impressive career and an enormous musical output. Now, his ground breaking musical career is amassed and detailed in this discography of all his works, from professionally made commercial releases, to amateur and unissued recordings. All of Me is a comprehensive, chronological discography born out of love and admiration for Louis Armstrong, and devotion to years of collecting his musical accomplishments. Author Jos Willems has meticulously compiled all of Satchmo's known recordings—both studio and live performances—and with assistance from internationally renowned specialists, has assembled an impressively detailed, accurate, and complete listing. This volume is superbly formatted and presented, logically organized, and thoroughly indexed by song title and individual. Researchers, collectors, and enthusiasts can easily look up any detail of a recording: issues and releases of particular songs; publishing companies; producers; catalog numbers; dates, times, and locations of recordings; musicians Armstrong played with; and format, be it 78 or 45 RPM records, LPs, CDs, or media appearances. Every detail of Armstrong's career is listed in this impressive volume, shedding light on the enormity of his impact on jazz and popular culture. This is the ultimate reference guide for the complete works of Louis Armstrong.

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Editorial Reviews

In The Groove - Steve Ramm
Real Armstrong fans - and serious jazz record collectors - will applaud the recent publication of the landmark book...
vol. 38 (2007) American Reference Books Annual
...very useful...
Michael Cogswell
Thank you very much for your impressive Louis Armstrong discography. It will definitely become a vital part of our reference collection.
August 2006 Reference and Research Book News
This comprehensive chronological discography of the studio and live recordings of Louis Armstrong (1901-1071)—only the second on the jazz great—lists solo and group recordings from 1923, beginning with King Oliver's Jazz Band, to his own bands and in shows up to 1971. The detailed entries list artists, bands, shows, or films the recording is associated with, as well as locations, personnel, instrumentation, tune titles, master or take numbers, commercial releases of that song, and relevant notes. Indexes are by tune title and individual. The volume includes a guide to the Armstrong bands, showing personnel and personnel changes from 1935-1971.
Reference and Research Book News
This comprehensive chronological discography of the studio and live recordings of Louis Armstrong (1901-1071)—only the second on the jazz great—lists solo and group recordings from 1923, beginning with King Oliver's Jazz Band, to his own bands and in shows up to 1971. The detailed entries list artists, bands, shows, or films the recording is associated with, as well as locations, personnel, instrumentation, tune titles, master or take numbers, commercial releases of that song, and relevant notes. Indexes are by tune title and individual. The volume includes a guide to the Armstrong bands, showing personnel and personnel changes from 1935-1971.
In The Groove
Real Armstrong fans - and serious jazz record collectors - will applaud the recent publication of the landmark book...
— Steve Ramm
Jazzbeat
Scarecrow Press has published a number of beautiful books on jazz but this has to be one of the best- it is beautifully assembled, durably bound....This is a first class production in every respect. 2007
Library Journal
Willems, a Louis Armstrong fanatic from Belgium, has compiled an amazing discography for one of jazz's major figures. Updating Hans Westerberg's excellent 1981 discography, Boy from New Orleans, he chronologically lists the date, location, and musicians on both the recorded and the unreleased versions of every Armstrong song, from the first record by the trumpeter in 1923 with King Oliver's Creole Band to the last session on The Tonight Show in 1971. He catalogs extensive sources for each song, including the labels and numbers of U.S., British, Polish, Danish, French, Czech, Japanese, Spanish, Argentine, Andorran, Russian, and Italian releases. In an improvement on most discographies, Willems also lists the song releases by format-e.g., 16 rpm, 78 rpm, 45 rpm, LP, CD, video, and DVD. He completes the book with highly useful indexes of song titles and musicians, a guide to the major Armstrong bands from 1935 to 1971, and a bibliography. Willems has provided the ultimate Armstrong discography that will interest jazz fans and serve as a library reference for years to come.-Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810857056
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 5/5/2006
  • Series: Studies in Jazz Series , #51
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jos Willems is a serious collector of Louis Armstrong's music and a dedicated discographer of the great man's records. A native of Belgium, Willems' other collecting passion is music of the baroque and classical eras.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Foreword Part 3 Introduction Part 4 How to Read "All of Me" Part 5 List of Abbreviations Part 6 Acknowledgments Chapter 7 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1923 Chapter 8 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1924 Chapter 9 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1925 Chapter 10 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1926 Chapter 11 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1927 Chapter 12 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1928 Chapter 13 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1929 Chapter 14 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1930 Chapter 15 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1931 Chapter 16 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1932 Chapter 17 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1933 Chapter 18 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1934 Chapter 19 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1935 Chapter 20 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1936 Chapter 21 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1937 Chapter 22 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1938 Chapter 23 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1939 Chapter 24 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1940 Chapter 25 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1941 Chapter 26 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1942 Chapter 27 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1943 Chapter 28 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1944 Chapter 29 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1945 Chapter 30 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1946 Chapter 31 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1947 Chapter 32 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1948 Chapter 33 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1949 Chapter 34 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1950 Chapter 35 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1951 Chapter 36 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1952 Chapter 37 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1953 Chapter 38 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1954 Chapter 39 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1955 Chapter 40 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1956 Chapter 41 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1957 Chapter 42 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1958 Chapter 43 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1959 Chapter 44 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1960 Chapter 45 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1961 Chapter 46 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1962 Chapter 47 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1963 Chapter 48 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1964 Chapter 49 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1965 Chapter 50 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1966 Chapter 51 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1967 Chapter 52 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1968 Chapter 53 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1969 Chapter 54 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1970 Chapter 55 Louis' Musical Legacy of 1971 Part 56 Index of Tune Titles Part 57 Index of Individuals Part 58 A Guide to the Armstrong Bands Chapter 59 Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra 1935-1947 Chapter 60 Louis Armstrong and The All Stars 1947-1971 Part 61 Bibliography Part 62 Epilogue

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