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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