Louis Armstrong discography

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Armstrong in 1953

Louis Armstrong (1901–1971), nicknamed Satchmo[1] or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in jazz.[2]

Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance.[3] With his instantly recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was extremely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society which were highly restricted for black men of his era.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title(s) Label Credit (if not Louis Armstrong)
1923 "Froggie Moore" / "Chimes Blues" Gennett Records 5135 King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
1923 "Mandy Lee Blues" / "I'm Going Away to Wear You Off My Mind" Gennett Records 5134 King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
1923 "Riverside Blues" / "Mabel's Dream" [Take 1] Claxtonola 40292 King Oliver's Jazz Band
1924 "Prince of Wails" [Take 2] / "Mandy Make Up Your Mind" [Take 2] Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra
1928 "Hotter Than That" / "Savoy Blues" OKeh 8535
1930 "I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me)" / "Rockin' Chair" OKeh 8756
1930 "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas" / "I'm in the Market for You" Odeon 36141
1930 "Song of the Islands" / "Blue Turning Grey Over You" Odeon 36039
1938 "Elder Eatmore's Sermon on Generosity" / "Elder Eatmore's Sermon on Throwing Stones" Decca Records 15043
1939 "Jeepers Creepers" / "What Is This Thing Called Swing?" Decca Records 2267
1940 "Marie" / "Sleepy Time Gal" Decca Records 3291 Louis Armstrong and Mills Brothers / Mills Brothers
1946 "Endie" / "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" RCA Victor 20-2087
1950 "La Vie En Rose" / "C'est Si Bon" Decca Records 27113
1951 "(When We Are Dancing) I Get Ideas" / "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" Decca Records 27720
1952 "It Takes Two to Tango" / "I Laughed at Love" Decca Records 28394
1962 "Mack the Knife" / "The Faithful Husar" CBS CA 281.144 [France]
1964 "Hello, Dolly" / "A Lot of Livin' To Do" Kapp Records KL-1364 [US]
1967 "What a Wonderful World" / "Cabaret" ABC Records 10982 [7-inch vinyl]
1968 "What a Wonderful World" / "Cabaret" His Master's Voice [Great Britain]
1968 "I Will Wait for You" / "Talk to the Animals" [7-inch vinyl]

Original albums[edit]

These LPs and EPs were released during Armstrong's lifetime and contained original studio and/or live recordings. The year and label information is for the first vinyl release, unless otherwise noted. Additional information such as number of tracks is given only when necessary to distinguish between different releases under the same title. In most cases, the number of CD releases listed is limited, with preference given to the label that originally released the album.

Year Title Label CD release(s) Credit (if not Louis Armstrong) and additional notes
1951 Satchmo at Symphony Hall Decca DL 3087/8038 2-LP set; concert recorded November 30, 1947
1951 Satchmo at Pasadena Decca
1954 Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy Columbia Records CL 591 (11 tracks) Columbia: 1986 (12 tracks), 1997 (16 tracks), 1999 (16 tracks, SACD) composer W. C. Handy
1954 Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers, Volume One Decca Records ED 2113 (4 tracks) [Decca Records 3291?] Louis Armstron & The Mills Brothers
1955 Satch Plays Fats: A Tribute to the Immortal Fats Waller Columbia CL 708 (9 tracks) Columbia: 2000 (SACD); Legacy: 2008 (CD);
Sony Music: 2009 (CD)
Review. BBC Music Magazine. 
composer Fats Waller
1955 Louis Armstrong at the Crescendo, Vol. 1 Decca
1956 Louis Armstrong and Eddie Condon at Newport Columbia CL-931 Louis Armstrong & Eddie Condon
1956 Satchmo the Great Columbia: 1994, 2000
Review. BBC Music Magazine. 
songs are introduced by excerpts from interviews with Edward R. Murrow
1956 An Evening With Louis Armstrong and His All Stars . . Vols 1 & 2 In Concert At The Pasadena Civic Auditorium
1956 Louis Armstrong and His All Stars –
Ambassador Satch
Columbia CL 840 2009 Legacy: 88697492022
Review. BBC Music Magazine. 
December 1955 tour of Western Europe, concert recordings Amsterdam, Milan
1956 Ella and Louis Verve MG V-4003 Verve: 1985, 2000, 2002 (SACD) Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1957 Ella and Louis Again Verve MGV 4006-2 [double LP] Verve: 2003 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1957 I've Got the World on a String [10 tracks]
1957 Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson Verve Records [12 tracks] Verve: 1997 (16 tracks) Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson
1957 Louis Under the Stars Verve Records MGV 4012
1957 Louis and the Angels Decca Universal/MCA: 2000; Verve: 2001
1958 Porgy & Bess Verve Records MGV 4011-2 [double LP] Verve: 1986; Verve Music Group: 2008; Essential Jazz Classics Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1958 Louis and the Good Book Decca Records DL 8741 [12 tracks] MCA [France]: 1987, 1992; Verve [Germany]: 2001 (20 tracks)
1959 Satchmo in Style Decca
1959 The Five Pennies London Records SAH-U 6044 Danny Kaye & Louis Armstrong
1960 Bing & Satchmo MGM E3882P DRG: 2009 Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong
1961 Recording Together for the First Time Roulette SR52074 [10 tracks] Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
1961 The Great Reunion Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
1962 The Real Ambassadors Columbia OL 5850 [15 tracks] CBS: 1990 [20 tracks], 1994 [20 tracks]; Poll Winners: 2012 [25 tracks] with Dave Brubeck, Carmen McRae, and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
1964 Hello, Dolly! Kapp KL-1364 [mono], KS-3364 [stereo] MCA: 2000
1968 Disney Songs the Satchmo Way Buena Vista Records STBV 4044 Walt Disney: 1996, 2001
1968 The One and Only Vocalion VL 73871
1970 What a Wonderful World Bluebird

Posthumous releases[edit]

These LPs and CDs were released after Armstrong's 1971 death.

List of songs recorded[edit]

Chronology of the recordings of Armstrong's songs:

References and sources[edit]

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Sources[edit]

  • Willems, Jos, All of Me, Scarecrow Press, 2006