Monday, May 17, 2010

I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas

After Louis Armstrong's first burst of fame, the obvious thing for his managers to do was to put him in front of a big band, which is where he stayed until 1947. Teachout comments that a lot of critics then and now were dismayed, believing that he was best served by working with small combos, rather than an orchestra. Plus, they didn't like that Armstrong's sidemen were always workman-like, rather than brilliant, with the result that his Thirties work has been denigrated as being not serious enough. Not sure why people were expecting seriousness from a guy who wanted to sing "Ding Dong Daddy," but there you have it.

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