Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
OK, some jazz fans may tell you you're not supposed to like this--that Satchmo somehow "perverted" his talent and went commercial here--but then maybe some jazz fans just don't have a sense of fun. Hello, Dolly was a tru... more »
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OK, some jazz fans may tell you you're not supposed to like this--that Satchmo somehow "perverted" his talent and went commercial here--but then maybe some jazz fans just don't have a sense of fun. Hello, Dolly was a true musical phenomenon--and it introduced a whole new generation (who'd missed his 40-year heyday) to the joys of Louis Armstrong. In fact, Armstrong's single helped save the Broadway show, which had been predicted to be a huge flop... until the banjo and trumpet-driven single came out of nowhere--smack dab in the middle of Beatlemania-- and became a smash hit. The inevitable album that followed then knocked The Beatles' Second Album out of its No. 1 spot, remaining there for six weeks. The rest of the LP includes his mirthful takes on some pop standards ("Jeepers Creepers") as well as tunes from other Broadway shows--Funny Girl and Bye Bye Birdie, among them. Armstrong coasted on the strength of this one LP the rest of the decade until his death in 1971. --Bill Holdship
Satchmo K.O.'s Fab Four
DJ Rix | NJ USA | 12/09/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, so this isn't primo Louis. But you know something works right in the universe when Satchmo is annointed to knock the Beatles out of #1. Like, who else was qualified?
Hello Dolly is the kind of song you wouldn't bother to hear in any version but the one here. Jeepers Creepers is perfect for him (check out Tony Bennett's devotional rendition of the tune with Count Basie). Got A Lot of Livin' to Do never sounded better. The band is ragged & far beneath Armstrong's jazz abilities, but as a Sixties pop album this is pretty good. Face it, you were sick of the Beatles anyway.
Bob Rixon, WFMU"
You must try this one!
DJ Rix | 09/16/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great first album for those who are interested in Satchmo. Tunes from broadway shows from the fifties and sixties as only Louis Armstrong can interpret them. Great fun for Louis Armstrong fans and those who want to take a first listen. You won't be sorry. Extremely popular when it was released in mono in the sixties."