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Louis Armstrong’s Last Great Performance: “Louis In London” By Verve Records

Written By: Big C


Verve Records proudly presents Louis In London," capturing the legendary Louis Armstrong's final great performance. This live recording from the BBC on July 2, 1968, showcases Armstrong's unparalleled talent just weeks after his iconic song What A Wonderful World topped the UK charts. The 13-track album, available on vinyl, CD, and digital, spans Armstrong's groundbreaking career, from W.C. Handy’s Ole Miss to global hits like Mack The Knife. This release is a testament to Armstrong's enduring influence on jazz and popular music. Highlighting the significance of the BBC session, Armstrong once said, "I want the world to hear this music." Ricky Riccardi, Armstrong’s biographer, notes:

Knowing how badly he wanted his friends and fans to hear this music while he was still alive, it’s a great source of pride to know that it will now be enjoyed by new generations.

Collaborating on this historic project, Armstrong's All Stars band members include Tyree Glenn on trombone, Joe Muranyi on clarinet, Marty Napoleon on piano, Buddy Catlett on bass, and Danny Barcelona on drums. These musicians played a crucial role in creating the vibrant and joyous sound captured in this performance. Fans can look forward to "Louis in London" arriving on July 12, available for pre-order now here. Listen to "Hello, Dolly!" (Live in London) and watch the official performance video below to relive the brilliance of Louis Armstrong. Connect with Louis Armstrong House Museum on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER.

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