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    LOUIS "SATCHMO" ARMSTRONG, KING OF JAZZ, WAS BURIED IN NEW YORK TODAY (JULY 9). THE?

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    LOUIS "SATCHMO" ARMSTRONG, KING OF JAZZ, WAS BURIED IN NEW YORK TODAY (JULY 9). THE GREATS OF SHOWBUSINESS GATHERED IN A TINY SUBURBAN CHURCH NEAR ARMSTRONG'S NEW YORK HOME FOR A FAREWELL SERVICE, WITH PEGGY LEE SINGING THE LORD'S PRAYER, LIFE-LONG FRIENDS DISC JOCKEY FRED ROBBINS DELIVERING THE EULOGY, AND BLIND BLACK SINGER AL HIBBLER SINGING SATCHMO'S SIGNATURE TUNE -- "WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN". THOUSANDS OF SATCHMO FANS AND MOURNERS GATHERED OUTSIDE IN THE SWELTERING HEAT TO LISTEN TO THE SERVICE OVER LOUDSPEAKERS, AND THE GREAT MAN WAS FINALLY, AND QUIETLY, LAID TO REST IN A NEARBY CEMETERY. THIS FILM, SHOWING THE CHURCH CEREMONY, WAS TELERECORDED OFF A SATELLITE TRANSMISSION FOR QUICK SERVICE.

    SYNOPSIS: LOUIS "SATCHMO" ARMSTRONG, THE KING OF JAZZ, WAS BURIED IN NEW YORK ON FRIDAY. BEFORE THE FUNERAL, THE GREAT NAMES IN SHOW BUSINESS GATHERED FOR A FAREWELL SERVICE IN A TINY SUBURBAN CHURCH NEAR ARMSTRONG'S NEW YORK HOME. THEY INCLUDED JAZZMAN DIZZIE GILLESPIE -- SEEN HERE -- SINGER ELLA FITSGERALD, AND BANDLEADER BENNY GOODMAN. THEY CAME TO SAY FAREWELL TO SATCHMO, WHO HAD TURNED JAZZ INTO AN INTERNATIONAL ART FORM.

    LOUIS ARMSTRONG, BORN IN NEW ORLEANS, DIED IN HIS UNPRETENTIOUS NEW YORK HOME ON TUESDAY, TWO DAYS AFTER HIS 71ST BIRTHDAY. EARLIER IN THE YEAR, HE WAS SERIOUSLY ILL.

    IT WAS IN NEW ORLEANS THAT SATCHMO BEGAN HIS JAZZ CAREER -- PLAYING TRUMPET AT FUNERALS. THE NUMBER HE PLAYED MOST OFTEN WAS "WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN", THE NUMBER THAT HE BROUGHT TO FAME WITH HIM; THE OLD NEGRO SPIRITUAL THAT BECAME HIS SIGNATURE TUNE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA17XF9C2YKAM9HMN3U9GXPB0MP
    Media URN:
    VLVA17XF9C2YKAM9HMN3U9GXPB0MP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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