In 1971, near-death despite being only 70 years old, Louis Armstrong gave one of his final performances – singing and playing trumpet on his well-known classics Mack the Knife, and Hello Dolly.
The recording, originally a limited vinyl release by the National Press Club in 1972, is now available to the public for the first time on cd and digitally. Called Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours, it has just been released by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Records.
The first part of the album is Armstrong, joined by long-time bandmates Tyree Glenn and Tommy Gwaltney, and the second half is comprised of songs played at the Press Club by Tyree Glenn and his band after Satchmo’s passing.
There is already a buzz around this album, and we wouldn’t be surprised that Louis Armstrong will have another hit record 41 years after his death. We all know good music when we hear it.
You can preview all the tracks and BUY HERE directly. Here’s a video that reminds us what Mr. Armstrong was all about…
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South, Hello Dolly, Rockin’ Chair, Boy From New Orleans, Mack the Knife, Royal Garden Blues, Mood Indigo, A Kiss To Build A Dream On, Love For Sale, It’s Alright With Me, Crazy Rhythm