On The Passing Of Louis Armstrong

"Mrs. Nixon and I share the sorrow of millions of Americans at the death of Louis Armstrong. One of the architects of an American art form, a free and individual spirit, and an artist of worldwide fame, his great talents and magnificent spirit added richness and pleasure to all our lives."

-- President Richard Nixon

"Louis is not dead, for his music is and will remain in the hearts and minds of countless millions of the world's peoples, and in the playing of hundreds of thousands of musicians who have come under his influence."

-- Dizzy Gillespie; July 17, 1971

"He could play a trumpet like nobody else, then put it down and sing a song like no one else could."

-- Eddie Condon

"His memory will be enshrined in the archives of effective international communications. The Department of State, for which he traveled on tours to almost every corner of the globe, mourns the passing of this great American."

-- U.S. State Department

Обсуждение создано: Корниенко Светлана Николаевна , 01 Май 07:28
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That's interesting, Svetlana. By the way, "he refused to go a State Department-sponsored concert tour of the Soviet Union in 1959 because he felt the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower wasn't doing enough to promote civil rights legislation". http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001918/bio