Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong

Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong

by Louis Armstrong


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Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong

No other American musician had the sustained impact on pop music that Louis Armstrong had, who not only charted hits for forty some years beginning in the '20s and running through the '60s, but also completely revolutionized the very way pop material is delivered, both as the absolute ground zero for jazz trumpet and as a singer whose horn man's phrasing changed the way the American Songbook is sung. Pops was a master of making art out of the moment, and he made his playing and singing appear as if his approach to whatever melody he was working had just then occurred to him, and in many cases, it had. This gives almost everything he recorded a joyous freshness, and he never, even in the latter stages of his career, gave way to playing or singing by the numbers. This three-disc set (two discs of recordings and a third of archival video footage) makes a wonderful introduction to the full sweep of Armstrong's timeless and essential contributions to pop music. The focus is mainly on his vocal work, and it includes key sides like his 1955 theme song "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," the stunning "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue?," also from 1955, 1946's poignant "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?," a priceless duet with trombonist Jack Teagarden on "Rockin' Chair" from 1947, a definitive take on "Blueberry Hill" (recorded in 1949, seven years before Fats Domino's version), and his stirring and heart-breaking turn on George David Weiss' "What a Wonderful World" from 1967, which served for all purposes as Armstrong's career summation. Serious Armstrong fans will already have all of these tracks and will doubtless be more intrigued by the DVD, which features thirty years of Armstrong performances beginning in the '30s. As a set that clearly shows why Armstrong is "the beginning and end of music in America," as Bing Crosby put it, The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong is a concise delight.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2006
Label: Time Life Records
UPC: 0610583191523
catalogNumber: 19270

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Cecil Gant   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
H. Brooks   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
S. Lewis   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
T. Waller   Composer
S. Williams   Composer
H. Betti   Composer
S. Oliver   Arranger
Ted Koehler   Composer
Gordon Clifford   Composer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Raymond Leveen   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer
A.J. Lewis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mike Jason   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Olivia Kim   Editorial Research
Uncle J. T. Young   Composer

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