Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Who is my favourite entertainer, well that is a difficult question because when I am asked what my favourite anything is about 50 different thoughts leap into my mind.

I really do not understand how anyone can have one favourite anything, for me, the time of day, the weather, my mood, what I am doing affect my entertainment choices.

Another thought is we are an over entertained society; everything is entertainment, except may be our jobs and our relationships.

We spend far too many hours as passive audience and very little time being producers.

Okay now that I have gotten that off my chest, who is my favourite entertainer? The list of those whose work I admire and enjoy is very long. On it among, many others are Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, the Band, Willie Nelson and Sammy Davis Jr.

This is far from an inclusive list and I have not even touched actors. This hub would be merely a list of names, if I was to continue.

The person who I feel is one of the greatest entertainers of all time is Louis Armstrong. Armstrong was born in New Orleans in 1901.

Armstrong recorded what I consider to be one of the greatest jazz numbers of all time, West End Blues in June 1928. This 3 minute and 17 second track is as powerful today as it was then, over 80 years ago.

When I listen to West End Blues I find that time stops and the music travels deep within me and touches something fundamental.

The Rock and Roll hall of Fame listed West End Blues on the list of 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll.

On the basis of West End Blues and Armstrong’s contribution to defining what swing means alone I could give him the title.

However, from that day in 1928 until his death in 1971, Armstrong contributed much more to the movies, music and television guest starring on shows such as Ed Sullivan and playing himself in a number of movies.

It’s A Wonderful World is an uplifting song a song of hope and possibilities.

Armstrong has won Grammy awards, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Downbeat Jazz Hall of Fame and the Big Band and Jazz hall of Fame. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7601 Hollywood Blvd.

Louis’s work still entertains His work has been on the soundtracks of both television shows and movies. In 2008, Armstrong's recording of Edith Piaf's famous "La Vie En Rose" was used in a scene of the popular Disney/Pixar film WALL-E.

He is truly one of the greats and if I am going to pick just one person to be my favourite entertainer then Louis Armstrong is the one.

West End Blues

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

I especially like the closing video. we don't have anyone like him any more,

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I agree Patty, he was unique.

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guidebaba 7 years ago from India

I had no idea about Louis Armstrong until I read this. Seems like HP is a nice place to learn.

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I am hppy you found something new, thanks fo coming by.

Karen 7 years ago

I can't narrow anything down to just one favorite, but Louis Armstrong is good!


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

it was not easy but Louis is superb.

newsworthy 7 years ago

Happy to see Armstrong made this hub. He is a fav here too.

I enjoyed listening... thanks for a great song.

If songs change your mood, Armstrong is a sure pick me up!

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thank you for stopping by.

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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana


I am sure you nailed this. I do love Willie almost as much! Great job.

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

There are those who for whatever reason strike a chord within us. thanks for stopping by.

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Journey * 7 years ago from USA

Bob, I agree with you- that it is hard to choose just one favorite (person, place, thing). Nevertheless, as far as enternainers go, Louis Armstrong was phenomenal so thanks for writing about him! This is a great hub.- Journey*

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks, I agree Louis Armstrong is a major influence and great talent.

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Love the song "It's a Wonderful World".   Louis Armstrong, without a doubt is superb and deserved a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Thanks Bob.  Great Hub!

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

It is a great song, thank for stopping by.

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

You're right, Bob. Satchmo was definitely one of the greats of the great. I think the simplicity of Wonderful World, and what he did with it, is a true testament to his skill and magnatism. Thanks!

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

you are welcome, Christoph, I agree, thanks for stopping by.

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Kimberly Bunch 7 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

great stuff!

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for dropping by.

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music messenger 6 years ago

Good hub on one my favorite artists as well. An icon - no question. I have jazz/ music and info on my hubs. I just published one on Armstrong and Oscar Peterson. Stop by and tell me what you think. I voted.

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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks, I will drop by.

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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod

'Favorites' are like the leaves on a New England tree. They come and they go, with the season. There's always new growth. But alongside the oncoming Maples, Oaks and Birches are the Evergreens - and chief among them is Mr. Armstrong. He survived the storms of segregation, discrimination and disrespect and yet still the Armstrong tree is among the tallest and strongest in the musical forest - and will ever be so.

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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Well put, Billrrrr, he is as vital today as ever.

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