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Louis Armstrong: Duke's Place

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Published on Dec 19, 2012

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 -- July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable deep and distinctive 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 greatly skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics). 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 severely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Ar...


Lyrics

Baby! Take me down to Duke's place
Wildest box in town is Duke's place
Love that piano sound in Duke's place
Saxes do their tricks in Duke's place
Fellas Swing their chicks in Duke's place
Come on get your kicks in Duke's place

If you've never been to Duke's place
Take your tootsies into Duke's place
Life is in a spin in Duke's place.

You find yourself a seat
And when you wanna eat,
You look around and yell,
"Waiter!"
You fill your cup chock full of dreams
And drink it up,
You're jetting along with your girlie
It's after three o'clock
But, baby, it's early!

If you've never been to Duke's place
Take your tootsies into Duke's place
Life is in a spin in Duke's place.


A link to this wonderful artists website: http://www.redhotjazz.com/louie.html


Please enjoy!

I send my kind and warm regards,

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