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Catalog Number 1987.3.0055
Title [Reel-to-reel tape recorded by Louis Armstrong]
Object Type Tape
Collection Louis Armstrong Collection
Description Scope: Willis Conover telling Louis a joke during 1959 interview at the Berlin Hotel, Berlin, Germany. Australian radio interview with Velma Middleton. Recording of sound recordings. Louis practicing trumpet. Club 1520 Dave Froh radio interview with Louis. Louis rehearses "Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy." Collage on front of tape box features photo of unidentified man pouring champagne for Louis. Originally cataloged in "Tape Catalog #1" (see Manuscripts, 1987.2.22).

Contents (as on compact disc reference copy):

Disc 1, Track 1: Selection of Willis Conover interview with Louis (5/28/1959, Berlin Hotel, Berlin Germany); Conover tells Louis a joke. Track 2: Australian radio interview with Velma Middleton: talk about "That's My Desire"; Track 3: "That's My Desire"; Track 4: announcer closes interview; Track 5: "Gone Fishin'" (Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby). Track 6: Recording of sound recording: "Uncle Satchmo's Lullaby" (Louis Armstrong, Gabrielle) (repeated once). Track 7: Louis playing and singing "Beale Street Blues". Track 8: Recordings of Armstrong sound recording "Ambassador Satch": "Royal Garden Blues"; Track 9: "Tin Roof Blues"; Track 10: "The Faithful Hussar"; Track 11: "Muskrat Ramble"; Track 12: "All of Me"; Track 13: "Twelfth Street Rag"; Track 14: "Undecided"; Track 15: "Dardanella"; Track 16: "West End Blues"; Track 17: "Tiger Rag." Track 18: "Basin Street Blues". "Club 1320" interview by Dave Froh with Louis in Lansing, Michigan; announcer talks about "Heebie Jeebies" and scat singing; Track 19: Louis talks about modern music; Track 20: "Once in a While"; Track 21: announcer; Track 22: Louis talks about Joe Oliver; going to New York; playing with Fletcher Henderson; Disc 2, Track 1: announcer ; Track 2: "Old Rockin' Chair"; Track 3: Louis talks about the All Stars; his playing and singing; declines to name his all star band; Track 4: Ella Fitzgerald; announcer; Track 5: beginning of interview; Louis talks about where he will be playing; his first cornet; the Waifs' home and how he got there; Track 6: the state of modern music; the interview repeats; Track 7: "Blue Again" (Louis Armstrong) (incomplete); Track 8: close of program; announcer reads quotes about Louis from his contemporaries: Sidney Bechet, Wild Bill Davison, Barney Bigard, Turk Murphy, Omar Simeon, Red Allen, Pops Foster, George Wettling, Lu Waters, Edmond Hall, Hot Lips Page, Joe Sullivan, Frank Signorelli, and others; Track 9: station identification; "Since I Fell for You." Track 10: Recordings of Louis Armstrong sound recordings: "When it's Sleepy Time Down South"; Track 11: "That's For Me"; Track 12: "Baby Won't You Please Come Home"; Track 13: "Fine and Dandy"; Track 14:" Russian Lullaby"; Track 15: "I Surrender Dear"; Track 16: "I Surrender Dear" continued; Track 17: "If" (Louis sings along with the record). Track 17: WGN radio program on Louis: interview segment thanking Louis; "A Kiss to Build a Dream On"; Track 18: "Blueberry Hill"; Track 19: announcer. Disc 3, Track 1: Interview with Lucille in Corona: Track 2: when she first met Louis (working at the Cotton Club); Track 3: Fletcher Henderson; other musicians; learning to appreciate great musicians; Track 4: getting together with Louis; Track 5: travelling to England (prior to meeting Louis); coronation of Edward; jazz in England; Track 6: receiving a gramophone and jazz recordings as a gift; Track 7: creole red beans and how to cook them; Track 8: cooking for Louis; marrying Louis; growing up in the Bronx; her mother's last years living with Louis and Lucille; Track 9: life with Louis; life on the road; Doc Pugh; cooking for Louis on the road; Track 10: dealing with Louis's popularity; social life; Track 11: fumbling with the tape recorder; Track 12: musicians wives "getting in the act"; Track 13: who takes care of the house when they are on the road; Track 14: the lack of children; Track 15: world travels; Track 16: Louis and practicing; Track 17: Louis's habits; Louis's clothes; Track 18: Louis and sports (swimming); Track 19: vacations; the lack of vacations; Track 20: Louis's celebrity fans; Track 21: other musicians' feelings about Louis; Track 22: memorable incidents. Disc 4, Track 1: Louis singing and playing at home, rehearsing for "Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy": "Aunt Hagar's Blues"; Track 2: "St. Louis Blues"; Track 3: "Ole Miss"; Track 4: "Hesitating Blues"; Track 5: Louis sings "Hesitating Blues"; Track 6: [unintelligible conversation]; Track 7: "Beale Street Blues". Track 8: Louis on the "Colgate Comedy Hour" live from the Hollywood Bowl: introduction; Track 9: commercials (Rapid Shave, Halo shampoo, Palmolive soap, Colgate dental cream); Track 10: "I Need You Now" (Eddie Fisher); Track 11: Eddie Fisher monologue; Track 12: "Medley of 1919 Hit Parade" (The Vagabonds); Track 13: commercial for Rapid Shave; Track 14: Eddie Fisher introduces Maria Tallchief; "Gaite Parisienne" (ballet performance); Track 15: "Love You Didn't Do Right by Me" (Peggy Lee); Track 16: "From this Moment On" (Peggy Lee); Track 17: Halo Shampoo song; Track 18: "Fanny" (Eddie Fisher); Track 19: "Slavonic Fantasy" (Dvorak/Kreisler) (Mischa Elman); Track 20: "The Whiffenpoof Song" (Louis Armstrong); Track 21: "Birth of the Blues" (Louis Armstrong, Eddie Fisher); Track 22: commercial (Palmolive soap); Track 23: Rocky Marciano monologue; Track 24: "Count Your Blessings" (Eddie Fisher) (incomplete).
Notes The opening joke with Willis Conover from Berlin in 1959 and the fact that it is in Tape Catalog #1 makes this tape part of Louis's 1959-1960 re-cataloging of his tape collection. However, the majority of the tape is from 1954. The Club 1320 interview with Dave Froh is in Lansing, Michigan. In it, Louis mentions East St. Louis, which he played June 1954. Louis then went to Chicago, where he recorded the WGN interview and most likely, the rehearsals for the "W. C. Handy" album (recorded in Chicago in July 1954). The Colgate Comedy Hour is from September 1954 so if this tape is chronological, Lucille's interview must be from the summer of 1954.
People Allen, Henry
Armstrong, Lucille Wilson
Bechet, Sidney
Bigard, Barney
Clonisch, Gabrielle
Conover, Willis
Davison, Wild Bill
Deems, Barrett
Fisher, Eddie
Fitzgerald, Ella
Foster, Pops
Hall, Edmond
Henderson, Fletcher
Kyle, Billy
Lee, Peggy
Marciano, Rocky
Middleton, Velma
Murphy, Turk
Oliver, King
Page, Hot Lips
Pugh, Hazes "Doc"
Shaw, Arvell
Signorelli, Frank
Simeon, Omer
Slattery, Jack
Sullivan, Joe
Waters, Lu
Wettling, George
Young, Trummy
Search Terms Ambassador Satch (album)
Berlin
Colgate Comedy Hour (television program)
Corona
England
Germany
Jokes
Louis Armstrong and His All Stars
Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (album)
New Orleans
Queens
Year Range from 1954
Year Range to 1959
Creator Louis Armstrong
Caption 1987.3.55 Front
Accession number 1987.3