November 2, 2003
NEW YORK - For a few sweet, sultry seconds recently, the notes of Louis Armstrong's gold-plated trumpet once again blew magically over working-class Queens. It was a sound that serenaded 107th Street for almost 30 years beginning in 1943, when Armstrong's wife, Lucille, bought the modest frame house where the jazz legend often played for neighborhood children, who called him "Pops." When the city of New York unveiled the house as a museum, the Gully Low Jazz Band, featuring clarinetest Joe Muranyi, who once played with Armstrong, transformed the street into a New Orleans-style party.
August 7, 1996
WASHINGTON -- For many, the enduring image of Louis Armstrong comes from his later years, the days of old Satchmo with horn and white handkerchief, smiling and bugging his eyes before another raspy-voiced chorus of "Hello Dolly."While that is a true image, there are others: the eminently stylish young man gazing in wonder at the instrument of his magic; the remarkable musician whose brilliant solo on "West End Blues" still wins admirers almost 70 years later; the little boy riding atop a junk cart in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, a tin horn at his lips.
December 26, 2004
By the time Louis Armstrong moved into his first real home in 1943, he had already transformed American music. With his soaring trumpet, unmistakable voice and dazzling sense of rhythm, Satchmo enchanted audiences throughout the world. But he often lived out of a suitcase, spending more than 300 days a year on the road. So when Armstrong's fourth wife, Lucille, said she wanted a house, he let her buy one and decorate it before he'd ever seen it. Now called the Louis Armstrong House & Archives, the home at 34-56 107th St. in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., is a national landmark and open to tourists.
August 5, 2001
Only God could have created Louis Armstrong. Who else would take a little black boy, put him on a junk wagon rolling through the muddy streets of New Orleans in 1907, tin horn in hand, and let him blow a child's prelude to a life no one could have imagined? Louis Armstrong would have been 100 years old yesterday, which is reason enough to commemorate the indelible mark he left on our culture. If you don't immediately recognize his brilliant horn, or his 1,000-watt smile, then surely you know his voice, gravelly and rough, a soulful bullfrog of a voice.
July 17, 1998
Beryl Bryden, 78, a jazz singer dubbed "Britain's queen of the blues" by Ella Fitzgerald, died in London on Tuesday of cancer. In a career spanning 50 years, she performed with many of the jazz greats, including Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong.Pub Date: 7/17/98
August 25, 1996
Lillian Clark,70, a big band singer who recorded with Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, died Tuesday in New York of cancer. Born Autilia Ventimiglia, she studied at the Julliard School, intending to become a classical pianist. However, when one of the members of the Clark Sisters left the popular singing group, she auditioned, got the job and changed her name.Alberto Gonzalez,33, the first man in the United States convicted of attempted murder for having unprotected sex while carrying the AIDS virus, died Friday of complications from the disease at Salem Hospital, according to the Oregon Department ofCorrections.