An American Icon

An American Icon

by Louis Armstrong

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Overview

After defining jazz as we know it in the '20s and remaining in the public eye as the leader of a swing band in the '30s and early '40s, Louis Armstrong reinvented himself yet again in the postwar years. Reemerging more popular than ever, Armstrong became primarily known as a pop star who also led a Dixieland band and played trumpet. By now one of the most beloved entertainers in the world, Armstrong stayed on the charts with a long series of hit singles. The great man also made a brilliant series of albums celebrating the great American songbook, including two composers long part of his own experience, Fats Waller and W. C. Handy, and team-ups with equals such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. This 1998 retrospective addresses the final 25 years of Armstrong's career, although unlike most multisamplers it offers no rare or obscure material, and a number of excellent Pops albums (like his superb sessions with the Dukes of Dixieland) were overlooked. Still, you'll never hear three CDs of more glorious playing and singing.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/1998
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0076744013828
catalogNumber: 40138

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Louie Bellson   Drums
Will Bradley   Trombone
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Urbie Green   Trombone
Bobby Hackett   Cornet
Earl Hines   Piano
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Hank Jones   Piano
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Kid Ory   Trombone
Buddy Rich   Drums
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Lucky Thompson   Trombone
Red Nichols   Trumpet
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Dick Cary   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Barrett Deems   Drums
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Marty Napoleon   Piano
Bob Haggart   Bass
Mort Herbert   Bass
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet
Klink   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Carl Kress   Guitar
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Matty Matlock   Saxophone
Johnny Mince   Alto Saxophone
Sy Oliver   Conductor
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Grady Tate   Drums
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Mel Henke   Piano
Buddy Cole   Piano
Don Hill   Alto Saxophone
Warren Barker   Saxophone
Dick Taylor   Trombone
Trummy Young   Trombone
George Duvivier   Bass
Bill Atkinson   Trombone
Butch Ballard   Drums
Red Ballard   Trombone
Danny Barcelona   Drums
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Sandy Block   Bass
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Ray Brown   Bass
Mort Bullman   Trombone
Red Callender   Bass
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Alfred Cobbs   Trombone
Sid Cooper   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Fatool   Drums
Joe Garland   Conductor,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Gattuso   Banjo,Guitar
Squire Gersh   Bass
Amos Gordon   Alto Saxophone
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Minor Hall   Drums
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Billy Kyle   Piano
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Sam Marowitz   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Velma Middleton   Bass
Big Chief Russell Moore   Trombone
Ed Mullens   Trumpet
Joe Muranyi   Clarinet
Russ Phillips   Trombone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Russell Savkas   Bass
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Bud Scott   Guitar
William Scott   Trumpet
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Phil Stephens   Bass
Edwin Swanston   Piano
Daniel Trimboli   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Elmer Warner   Guitar
Paul Webster   Trumpet
Milt Yaner   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Beal   Piano
Willard Suyker   Guitar
Earnest Thompson   Baritone Saxophone
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Wayne E. Songer   Alto Saxophone
Warren Hard   Percussion
Dale Jones   Bass
Charlie LaVere   Piano
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Phillip Shuken   Saxophone
Larry Wright   Saxophone
John Scott Trotter   Conductor
John Sparrow   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Chaney   Saxophone
Dent Eckels   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Holcombe   Tenor Saxophone
Pat Nizza   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Goodman   Conductor
Freddy Williams   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ed Solomon   Trumpet
Don Ruffell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Alfred di Lernia   Banjo
Adam Martin   Trombone
Andres Merenghito   Trumpet
Wendell Mayhew   Trombone
Perry Borkin   Guitar
Raymond Stanfeld   Baritone Saxophone
Ludwig Jordan   Trumpet
Norman Powe   Trombone
Bobby Guy   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Tony Bennett   Liner Notes
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Louis Armstrong   Contributor
George Avakian   Producer,Liner Notes
Milt Gabler   Liner Notes
Joe Garland   Arranger
Andy McKaie   Producer
Paul Santos   Art Direction
John Scott Trotter   Arranger,Contributor
Ilene Weingard   Art Direction
Barry Levinson   Liner Notes
Tommy Goodman   Arranger
Sy Oliver's Orchestra   Contributor

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