The BBC recently discovered a half-hour BBC Radio 4 interview with Louis Armstrong
from 1968 and has added it to its online archive
. The show, Desert Island Discs
, brings in famous people to discuss what eight recordings they would take with them on a desert island. Armstrong also was asked what one luxury and what book he'd take (his trumpet and his autobiography, respectively).
Louis talks about hearing Buddy Bolden playing on the street corner, how he first learned to play music in an orphanage, his "sawmill voice," playing jazz funerals and when he first started playing with King Oliver. Armstrong is a consummate storyteller and entertainer throughout and the whole recording is worth a listen.
And in case you're curious, Armstrong's desert island records are:
Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong
Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong
People - Barbra Streisand
Bye Bye Blues - Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
Bess, You Is My Woman Now - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
New Orleans - Bobby Hackett
Stars Fell on Alabama - Jack Teagarden
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Clearly, Armstrong is a big fan of himself.
What about you? What eight songs, one luxury and one book would you take with you on a desert island?