“Louis Armstrong – (What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue”


Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – “Ella & Louis” (Full Album)


Louis Armstrong: “St. James Infirmary”


“Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World (Spoken Intro Version)”


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What a Wonderful World” [1970 Spoken Introduction Version] along with Oliver Nelson‘s Orchestra is a song written by Bob Thiele (as George Douglas) and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1968. Thiele and Weiss were both prominent in the music world (Thiele as a producer and Weiss as a composer/performer). Armstrong’s recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States, the song also has a hopeful, optimistic tone with regard to the future, with reference to babies being born into the world and having much to look forward to. The song was initially offered to Tony Bennett, who turned it down. Thereafter, it was offered to Louis Armstrong.

“Some of you young folks been saying to me
” Hey Pops, what you mean ‘What a wonderful world’?

How about all them wars all over the place?
You call them wonderful?

And how about hunger and pollution?
That ain’t so wonderful either.”

Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute.
Seems to me, it aint the world that’s so bad
but what we’re doin’ to it.

And all I’m saying is see what a wonderful world
It would be if only we’d give it a chance.
Love baby, love. That’s the secret, yeah.
If lots more of us loved each other
we’d solve lots more problems.
And then this world would be gasser.

That’s wha’ ol’ Pops keeps saying.”

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom, for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

I see skies of blue, and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces, of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, sayin’, “How do you do?”
They’re really sayin’, “I love you”

I hear babies cryin’, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Oh yeah!

Louis Armstrong-Go Down Moses


Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five – Basin Street Blues (1928)


HAVE A GREAT EVENING!

Clarence M. Jones – Hula Lou (1924)


Published on Jun 29, 2012 by 

Clarence M. Jones (1889 – 1949) was a pioneer Chicago jazz pianist in the 1920s. His band The Blue Five which included Louis Armstrong, accompanied Monette Moore and Laura Smith, among other blues singers. He also headed the Wonder Orchestra at the Owl Theater and his solo piano variation “Hula Lou,” was a popular stage novelty. As a songwriter, he wrote “The Dirty Dozen“, “Daddy Blues”, “Trot Along”, “Thanks for the Lobster” and played on the Louis Armstrong hit, “Everybody Loves My Baby“.

HAVE A GREAT EVENING!

Bessie Smith – St. Louis Blues (1929)


Uploaded by  on Feb 2, 2009

Bessie Smith, the “EMPRESS OF THE BLUES”, (July 9, 1892 or April 15, 1894 — September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer.

Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s, she is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era, and along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.

Lyrics:

I hate to see the ev’nin’ sun go down
Hate to see the ev’nin’ sun go down,
’cause my baby, he done left this town

Feelin’ tomorrow like I feel today
Feel tomorrow like I feel today,
I’ll pack my trunk, make my getaway

St. Louis woman with her diamond rings
Pulls that man ’round by her apron strings,
‘t’want for powder and for store-bought hair

The man I love, would not gone nowhere,
got the St. Louis blues just as blue as I can be
That man got a heart like a rock cast in the sea,
or else he wouldn’t have gone so far from me

Been to the gypsy to get my fortune told
To the gypsy, to get my fortune told,
’cause I’m most wild about my jelly roll

Gypsy done told me, “Don’t you wear no black”
Yes, she done told me, “Don’t you wear no black,
go to St. Louis, you can win him back”

Help me to Cairo, make St. Louis by myself
Gone to Cairo, find my old friend Jeff
Goin’ to pin myself close to his side,
if I flag his train, I sure can ride

I love that man like a schoolboy loves his pie
Like a Kentucky Colonel loves his mint and rye1
I’ll love my baby till the day I die

You ought to see that stovepipe brown of mine,
like he owns the diamond Joseph line
He’d make across-eyed old man go stone blind

Blacker than midnight, teeth like flags of truce
Blackest man in the whole St. Louis
Blacker the berry, sweeter is the juice

About a crap game, he knows a powerful lot,
but when work time comes, he’s on the dot
Goin’ to ask him for a cold ten spot,
what it takes to get it, he’s certainly got

A black-headed gal make a freight train jump the track
Said a black-headed gal make a freight train jump the track
But a redheaded woman makes a preacher ball the jack

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