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Influence

Posted at 5:25 AM on August 4, 2009 by Dale Connelly (19 Comments)

It's Important Birthday week here at Radio Heartland.

Since Dr. Kyle and I made a fuss over Tony Bennett yesterday, it would be an oversight to ignore today's significant birthday musician - Louis Armstrong.
I am personally relieved that Dr. Kyle didn't have the same access to Mr. Armstrong's DNA that he had to Mr. Bennett's. No slight to Tony, but one cringes at the thought of what a mad scientist might do with the genetic blueprint of a legend.

There are numerous You Tube videos of Louis Armstrong, but this one caught my eye for the joy and energy in the performance (he was in his early 30's) and the time and location. The year is 1933, and he's in Copenhagen.

Leading up to this moment, Louis Armstrong had suffered under bad management (overwork, unpaid taxes) and health problems (injured lip), but things had started to turn around with new representation and a performance schedule that allowed some time for his lip to heal. There was talk he would base himself in London and work in Europe, making the occasional trip back to the USA. Things didn't work out that way, but this might have been one of the happier moments in the early part of a long and influential career.

Anyone here ever travel overseas and seriously entertain thoughts of staying?

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