Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Middle Years

After WW2, Armstrong's career faltered as tastes changed and the big bands became economically unsustainable. He resurrected his career by forming the All-Stars and going on a seemingly never-ending world tour. He also recorded a ton of music. In fact, a lot of this music is what many of us think of when we think of Armstrong's music:

Here he is performing Mack The Knife in 1959. Armstrong pioneered the arrangement that Bobby Darin would make famous a couple years later, but that's how things worked back then:

Here he is performing Hello Dolly. This was the second-to-last show tune to hit number one, and its presence at the top of the charts has long been seen as the last blast of pre-rock pop music:

And, here he is performing Rockin' Chair with the simpatico Jack Teagarden. I can still remember the first time I heard this on the radio. Even without knowing it was Louis Armstrong, you could tell it was him:

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