History Music / LouisArmstrong

27th Apr '17 3:08:03 PM TheNicestGuy
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* PatrickStewartSpeech: His spoken-word preface to his less-famous later recording of "What a Wonderful World".
27th Apr '17 1:41:28 PM TheNicestGuy
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* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: His original recording of "What a Wonderful World" could be interpreted as this in hindsight, given its timing in the U.S. political landscape. Vietnam was ramping up into a real war, and Martin Luther King, Jr. would be shot the following year. But Satchmo made the trope explicit when he made a less-famous second recording of the song a few years later. He added a spoken-word "preface" that directly addressed naysayers. An excerpt:
-->'''Louis:''' Seems to me, it ain't the world that's so bad, but what we're doing to it. And all I'm saying is, "See what a wonderful world it would be, if only we gave it a chance."
23rd Apr '17 7:49:12 AM ReturnedYetAgain
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* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: As mentioned above, Armstrong was insistent on pronouncing his first name "Lewis" rather than the diminutive "Louie," making the latter a bit of a FandomBerserkButton today. Ironically, seeing that Louis is a French name it's supposed to be pronounced ''Louie''.

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* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: As mentioned above, Armstrong was insistent on pronouncing his first name "Lewis" rather than the diminutive "Louie," making the latter a bit of a FandomBerserkButton today. Ironically, seeing that Louis is originally a French name it's supposed to that ''would'' be pronounced ''Louie''."Louie" in that language.
26th Oct '16 5:10:42 PM bt8257
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** He also famously [[http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/The-day-Louis-Armstrong-blew-more-than-his-trumpet-1813025.php spoke out on the enforced school segregation in Arkansas in 1957]], saying Creator/DwightDEisenhower had "no guts" and calling the governor a "[[PrecisionFStrike no-good motherfucker]]."

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** He also famously [[http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/The-day-Louis-Armstrong-blew-more-than-his-trumpet-1813025.php spoke out on the enforced school segregation in Arkansas in 1957]], saying Creator/DwightDEisenhower UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower had "no guts" and calling the governor a "[[PrecisionFStrike no-good motherfucker]]."



* WhenImGoneSong: ''What A Wonderful World'' is a Type 3.

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* WhenImGoneSong: ''What A a Wonderful World'' is a Type 3.
4th Sep '16 10:35:22 PM DeltaDart
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* WhenImGoneSong: ''What A Wonderful World'' is a Type 3.
2nd Sep '16 1:50:42 AM 06tele
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** Likewise, the titular Invisible Man of Ralph Ellison's ''Literature/{{Invisible Man}}'' plays Armstrong's version of ''(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue'' in the novel's introduction.
* TookALevelInCheerfulness: His public persona was being a man who was eternally happy and joyful. Yet he could also play and sing melancholic tunes, like ''Black And Blue''.

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** Likewise, the titular Invisible Man of Ralph Ellison's ''Literature/{{Invisible Man}}'' plays Armstrong's version of ''(What "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue'' Blue" in the novel's introduction.
* TookALevelInCheerfulness: His public persona was being a man who was eternally happy and joyful. Yet he could also play and sing melancholic tunes, like ''Black "Black And Blue''.Blue".
2nd Sep '16 1:50:00 AM 06tele
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* ChartDisplacement: Today his best known song is ''What a Wonderful World''. While the song topped the charts in the UK, it was a flop within his lifetime in the US, and didn't really become popular until its inclusion in the film Film/GoodMorningVietnam in 1988 (the events of which took place [[AnachronismStew two years before the song was recorded]]). His actual signature song was ''When it's Sleepy Time Down South'', as well as his cover of "Hello Dolly" in the 1960's.

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* ChartDisplacement: Today his best known song is ''What "What a Wonderful World''.World". While the song topped the charts in the UK, it was a flop within his lifetime in the US, and didn't really become popular until its inclusion in the film Film/GoodMorningVietnam in 1988 (the events of which took place [[AnachronismStew two years before the song was recorded]]). His actual signature song was ''When "When it's Sleepy Time Down South'', South", as well as his cover of "Hello Dolly" in the 1960's.
2nd Sep '16 1:49:21 AM 06tele
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!!Songs Of note:

* ''West End Blues''
* ''Struttin' With Some Barbecue''
* ''Stardust''
* ''What A Wonderful World''
* ''When The Saints Go Marching In''
* ''Dream A Little Dream Of Me''
* ''Ain't Misbehavin'''
* ''Stompin' At The Savoy''
* ''(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue''
* ''[[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService We Have All The Time In The World]]''
* ''Hello, Dolly!''
* ''Heebie Jeebies''
* ''St. James Infirmary''
* ''Mack the Knife''

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!!Songs Of of note:

* ''West "West End Blues''
Blues"
* ''Struttin' "Struttin' With Some Barbecue''
Barbecue"
* ''Stardust''
"Stardust"
* ''What "What A Wonderful World''
World"
* ''When "When The Saints Go Marching In''
In"
* ''Dream "Dream A Little Dream Of Me''
Me"
* ''Ain't Misbehavin'''
"Ain't Misbehavin'"
* ''Stompin' "Stompin' At The Savoy''
Savoy"
* ''(What "(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue''
Blue"
* ''[[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService "[[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService We Have All The Time In The World]]''
World]]"
* ''Hello, Dolly!''
"Hello, Dolly!"
* ''Heebie Jeebies''
"Heebie Jeebies"
* ''St. "St. James Infirmary''
Infirmary"
* ''Mack "Mack the Knife''
Knife"



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!!Albums Of of note:



* ExpositoryThemeTune: ''High Society Calypso'' for the 1956 film ''High Society'.

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* ExpositoryThemeTune: ''High "High Society Calypso'' Calypso" for the 1956 film ''High Society'.



* MurderBallad: ''Mack The Knife'', ''You Rascal You.'' It's been noted that in Armstrong's early years playing sleazy dives in New Orleans, he would have known plenty of Mack the Knifes.

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* MurderBallad: ''Mack "Mack The Knife'', ''You Knife", "You Rascal You.'' You". It's been noted that in Armstrong's early years playing sleazy dives in New Orleans, he would have known plenty of Mack the Knifes.



* RealSongThemeTune: ''Frank's Place'' used ''Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?''.

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* RealSongThemeTune: ''Frank's Place'' "Frank's Place" used ''Do "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?''.Orleans?".



* SomethingBlues: ''West End Blues'', ''Potatohead Blues'',...

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* SomethingBlues: ''West "West End Blues'', ''Potatohead Blues'',...Blues", "Potato Head Blues"...



* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' uses ''A Kiss To Build A Dream On'' in the beginning.

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* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' uses ''A "A Kiss To Build A Dream On'' On" in the beginning.
2nd Sep '16 1:46:48 AM 06tele
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* UncleTomFoolery: The always jolly Armstrong was often accused of doing this, but jazz critic Gary Giddins has retorted that to dislike or resent Armstrong's eternally cheerful demeanour is to diminish him as an artist by refusing to allow him to be himself; Armstrong projected confidence and warmth without ever losing dignity.

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* UncleTomFoolery: The always jolly Subverted. Armstrong was often accused of doing this, but jazz critic Gary Giddins has retorted that to dislike or resent Armstrong's eternally cheerful demeanour is to diminish him as an artist by refusing to allow him to be himself; Armstrong projected confidence and warmth without ever losing dignity.



* WeaksauceWeakness: Addiction was an epidemic within jazz music circles. Many succumbed to alcoholism, or turned to even harder drugs like heroin. Armstrong, however, was addicted to ''laxatives''.

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* WeaksauceWeakness: Addiction was an epidemic within jazz music circles. Many succumbed to alcoholism, or turned to even harder drugs like heroin. Armstrong, however, was addicted to ''laxatives''.[[note]]He famously carried a jar of Swiss Kriss laxative pills around with him, and urged them on everyone he met. Downplayed in that they don't seem to have done him any harm; his enthusiasm for laxatives was regarded by people around him as an amusing personality quirk, not a serious health problem.[[/note]]
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