Louis Armstrong possessed one of the most immediately recognizable singing voices in history. Wynton Marsalis has called him the greatest jazz singer of the 20th century. That would be quite a mantle to uphold given the jazz greats produced in the U.S. but it’s certainly true no one was more distinctive than Armstrong.
Not a beautiful voice by any means, his vocals were, nonetheless, inspired by his incomparable career as a trumpet player. He always sang in tune and carried an innate musicality that few singers ever have. As Keely Smith would say, “The man could swing.”
Here is very late Armstrong appearing on the Flip Wilson show demonstrating that, by any means, he still had it!
Sean O’Meara | singer | private, corporate entertainment | party singer | Los Angeles