Louis Armastrong-"Satchmo"-was 70 on July 70. He was interviewed just before his birthday in Los?
SV Interviewer with Louis Armstrong
SCU Interviewer speaks
Interviewer: As you look back on your life. What are you proudest of?
Armstrong: Proudest? I'm just proud- I mean a man going in intensive care twice..looking at Gabriel calling me. get out of here... your Union card ain't straight...I'm happy for that.
Interviewer: You're proudest just to survive?
Armstrong: Look I'm a musician...you know the money I've spent sending flowers to my families friends and musicians, its been one of those things that makes me feel awful sad and happy that I got over it, now I haven't got to go back into the salt-mines again.
Interviewer: When are you going to start playing again? You haven't played for a couple of years.
Armstrong: Well the doctors said hold it `till after September; but I play an hour every day at home before my dinner..
Interviewer: If you just had one more song to play before one audience: What would the song be and where would you want it to be played?
Armstrong: Well I tell you. The day I open up anywhere its going to be "Sleepytime down south" thats my number. I have a lot of good ones that went over, hits bad, the rudimentals.. (sings) "Pale Moon Shining,... (improvises)"
Interviewer: (Applause) Happy Birthday Louis.
Armstrong: Thank you very much.
Interviewer: Thanks for coming here.
Armstrong: Yes Sir.
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Background: Louis Armastrong-"Satchmo"-was 70 on July 70. He was interviewed just before his birthday in Los Angles recently (July 2) and asked about his recent sickness -- a kidney illness -- which has kept him from playing for the past two years.
Louis Armstrong was born on July 4 -- American Independence day -- in 1900, in the brothel district of New Orleans. His name has become synonymous with Jazz everywhere. He has travelled all over the world including the Communist countries, communicating in terms which overcome every language barrier. As he has put it: "A note's a note in any language, if you hit it on the head."
"Satchmo" -- short for Satchel-mouth-has been at the top of show business for fifty years, ever since he was taught to play the Cornet by Joe "King" Oliver after Armstrong had just come out of a reformatory. He began playing on the Mississippi Riverboats before going to Chicago to record with his famous "Hot Five" Jazzband.
Louis Armostrong has countless hit records to his name, has appeared before royalty on several occasions and starred in such films as "New Oreleans", "High Society" and the "Glenn Miller Story". On Friday (July 3) a concert was held in Los Angeles in his honour. The proceeds of the concert, which he attended, will go towards erecting a statue to him in New Orlsans, the birthplace of Louis Armstrong, the birthplace of Jazz.