LOUIS "SATCHMO" ARMSTRONG - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 199927
Sale Price $680.00
Black and white publicity photograph from Swingin' the Dream (1939) staring Louis Armstrong
Photograph inscribed and signed: "Best wishes/to Chas Silvia/from/Louis Armstrong". B/w, 8x10. Captioned at lower margin: "Louis Armstrong/as 'Bottom' in the Musical Production/Swing'n the Dream". Swingin' The Dream ran at the Center Theatre on Broadway from November 29, 1939-December 9, 1939, a total of 13 performances. The original musical comedy in two acts was set in 1890 New Orleans and starred Armstrong as Bottom/Pyramus. This was Armstrong's second appearance on Broadway (the first had been in 1929); he would not return to the Great White Way until 1984. The previous year, Armstrong had appeared in two feature films, Dr. Rhythm and Going Places. Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, the virtuoso trumpeter and singer, was a master of improvisation, and many consider him the most influential figure in early history of jazz. On July 4, 2000, America marked the centennial of the birth of LOUIS ARMSTRONG (1901-1971), her most celebrated jazz musician. "Satchmo", short for "satchel mouth", popularized jazz singing, scat singing and improvised instrumental solos to the mainstream public. He was America's musical ambassador to the world, a multi-talented vocalist, trumpet player and entertainer who influenced scores of vocalists and musicians. In 1967, Satchmo recorded "It's A Wonderful World", which did not become a hit until 1987 (16 years after his death), when it was featured in the film Good Morning, Vietnam. "Hello, Dolly!", a tune that he hated the first time he heard it, became another signature song after his show-stopping rendition in the 1969 film starring Barbra Streisand. Lightly creased at blank margins and corners. Surface creased, vertical creases at two words of writing (not at signature). Overall, fine condition.
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