Following a highly successful small-group jazz concert at New York Town Hall on May 17, 1947, featuring Armstrong with trombonist/singer Jack Teagarden, Armstrong's manager Joe Glaser dissolved the Armstrong big band on August 13, 1947 and established a six-piece small group featuring Armstrong with (initially) Teagarden, Earl Hines and other top swing and dixieland musicians, most of them ex-big band leaders. The new group was announced at the opening of Billy Berg's Supper Club.
This group was called Louis Armstrong and his All Stars and included at various times Earl "Fatha" Hines, Barney Bigard, Edmond Hall, Jack Teagarden, Trummy Young, Arvell Shaw, Billy Kyle, Marty Napoleon, Big Sid Catlett, Cozy Cole, Tyree Glenn, Barrett Deems, Joe Darensbourg and the Filipino-American percussionist, Danny Barcelona. During this period, Armstrong made many recordings and appeared in over thirty films. He was the first jazz musician to appear on the cover of Time Magazine on February 21, 1949.
In 1964, he recorded his biggest-selling record, "Hello, Dolly!" The song went to No. 1 on the pop chart, making Armstrong (age 63) the oldest person to ever accomplish that feat. In the process, Armstrong dislodged The Beatles from the No. 1 position they had occupied for 14 consecutive weeks with three different songs.
Louis Armstrong demolished social barriers with the same offhanded grace that he brought to countless U.S. State Department-sponsored tours of foreign countries, especially Africa and Europe. Those who criticized his showbiz posturing were humbled by his outspoken views on Civil Rights issues, going back to the Eisenhower era of the '50s. Though sidelined by a heart attack in 1959, and perennially plagued by his lip problem, Pops nevertheless performed in concert and appeared on television and in film as much as health allowed, up until his death in New York on July 6, 1971. His influence - not only on every trumpet player from Fats Navarro and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis and beyond, but also on jazz, blues, and pop musicians across the musical spectrum - is not likely to be equaled in our lifetime.
Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars - Live im Berliner Friedrichstadtpalast 1965
- Blueberry Hill
- Without A Song
Louis Armstrong - vocals, trumpet
Tyree Glenn - trombone
Eddie Shu - clarinet
Billy Kyle - piano
Arvell Shaw - bass
Danny Barcelona - drums
Das DDR-Fernsehen zeichnete sein Konzert am 22. März 1965 im Berliner Friedrichstadtpalast auf.