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Louis « Satchmo » Armstrong

Just a quick post as a tribute to Louis « Satchmo » Armstrong, with pictures, less known facts and a beautiful song…

« Musicians don’t retire. They stop when there’s no more music in them. »

Louis Armstrong

On March 19, 1918, Louis married Daisy Parker from Gretna, Louisiana.
They adopted a 3-year-old boy, Clarence Armstrong, whose mother, Louis’s cousin Flora, died soon after giving birth. Clarence Armstrong was mentally disabled (the result of a head injury at an early age) and Louis would spend the rest of his life taking care of him. Louis’s marriage to Parker failed quickly and they separated. She died shortly after the divorce.

Plenty more photos of Satchmo @ Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Claude Nougaro – Armstrong

Armstrong, la vie, quelle histoire
C’est pas très marrant
Qu’on l’écrive blanc sur noir
Ou bien noir sur blanc
On voit surtout du rouge, du rouge
Sang, sang, sans trêve ni repos
Qu’on soit, ma foi
Noir ou blanc de peau
Armstrong, un jour, tôt ou tard
On n’est que des os
Est-ce que les tiens seront noirs ?
Ce serait rigolo
Allez Louis, alléluia
Au-delà de nos oripeaux
Noir et blanc sont ressemblants
Comme deux gouttes d’eau

Design, art, etc

Approaching Shadow

Approaching Shadow - Fan Ho
Approaching Shadow – Fan Ho

Fan Ho’s (born in Shanghai in 1931) photographic career started at the early age of 14 when given his first Kodak Brownie from his father. Within the first year he won his first award in 1949 in Shanghai. At the age of 18, he acquired his twin lens Rolleiflex with which he captured all his famous work after he moved to Hong Kong with his parents and continued to purse his love for photography.

Dubbed the “Cartier-Bresson of the East”, Fan Ho patiently waited for ‘the decisive moment’; very often a collision of the unexpected, framed against a very clever composed background of geometrical construction, patterns and texture. He often created drama and atmosphere with backlit effects or through the combination of smoke and light. His favorite locations were the streets, alleys and markets around dusk or life on the sea.

From official biography

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