Pops Is Still Hot After All These Years

Good Music Speaks

another young louisA couple of months ago, I wrote a bit about the recordings of the delta bluesman, Robert Johnson.    The mere 42 tracks left by Johnson at the time of his death are some of the most influential music ever recorded.  That thought got me thinking about what other recordings have had a giant influence in the world of music.  The first thing that came to mind was the legendary recordings of Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five and Hot Seven.  If you have ever played a jazz solo, or picked up a trumpet, or sang a popular song, you owe a debt of gratitude to Louis Armstrong.

Hot five photoNicknamed “Satchmo” or “Pops”, Louis Armstrong followed Joe “King” Oliver from New Orleans to Chicago and played in Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.  Armstrong followed the advice of his second wife, piano player Lil Hardin Armstrong, and broke away from Oliver to…

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