Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Happy Birthday, Pops

August 4, 1901- Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

A truly remarkable and unique musician, Pops did more than any dozen musicians of his - or probably any - era of popular music. The biography by Terry Teachout, Pops, gives an excellent introduction to the important musical pieces and recordings that made history as well as putting them into the proper place in his life.

Here is a "video" of arguably his most innovative and original, West End Blues. What makes this interesting is the transcription of Armstrong's solos.

Oh, and a "few" years after Pops- my birthday, too.

And that other "Barry" in the White House a few years after that.

Happy Birthday to us all.

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