Listening/Viewing Links

See the end of each chapter for notes on the recordings listed below.

Intro
Georgia on My Mind, Hoagy Carmichael, 1930 (This is a fairly straight vocal sung by the composer. Near the end of the record you'll hear Louis's friend, the great Jack Teagarden on trombone. The other great cornetist of the Jazz Age, Bix Beiderbecke, performs an understated, almost wistful solo to conclude the piece, his career, and his short life. It was his second-to-last recording.)
Georgia on My Mind, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1931
Stardust, a wonderful straight version by Nat King Cole in 1956.
Stardust, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1931

1 Don't Fence Me In
When It's Sleepy Time Down South, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1931
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, Louis Armstrong and HIs Dixieland Seven, 1946
(Studio version, featuring Kid Ory, Louis's bandleader in New Orleans, his sideman on the great Hot Five recordings, and composer of the classic "Muskrat Ramble."

2 Keep the Rhythm Going
Snake Rag, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, 1923
Chimes Blues, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, 1923
I've Got a Secret, part one; part two: Louis, a secret, and an important someone

3 I Get Ideas
Russian Lullaby, Ella Fitzgerald, 1958
Knockin' a Jug, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra,1929
Black and Blue, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1929
Blue Yodel No. 9, Jimmie Rodgers with Louis Armstrong, 1930
Bue Yodel No. 9, Louis Armstrong with Johnny Cash, 1970
Chim Chim Cher-Ee, 1968

4 Now You Has Jazz
Heebie Jeebies, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five, 1926
Hello Dolly! Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, 1963
Give Peace a Chance, 1970
We Have All the Time in the World, 1969

5 Swing That Music
West End Blues, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five, 1928
Potato Head Blues, 1927, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven
Swing That Music, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1936

6 That's My Home
That's My Home, 1932, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1932
Louis and his son, Clarence, 1949

7 It's a Most Unusual Day
Mahogany Hall Stomp, Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five, 1929

8 Black and Blue
Black and Blue, Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1929
Fables of Faubus, Charles Mingus, 1964

9 Body and Soul
Just Gone, King Oliver and His Creole Jazz Band, 1923
Whistle While You Work, Louis Armstrong, 1968

10 What a Wonderful World
When the Saints Go Marching In, Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, 1959
Boy from New Orleans, 1970

Coda
What a Wonderful World, 1970 version with spoken introduction