Monday, May 30, 2016

Louis Armstrong and His All Stars in the Gold Coast of Africa 1956

"60 years ago this week, Louis Armstrong and His All Stars found themselves in the Gold Coast of Africa, soon to become the independent nation of Ghana. Edward R. Murrow had a camera crew filming Armstrong for the eventual theatrical documentary, "Satchmo the Great."Armstrong and his entourage had just been entertained by local dancers and musicians and now it was their chance to play a number for the African audience. Armstrong called off "Royal Garden Blues" at a fast tempo. At first, the Africans seemed perplexed--until one ancient man got up and started shuffling around. Lucille Armstrong spotted him, ran out and showed him how to move to the American beat."

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