Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars, Live in Chapel Hill

[This post comes from our Non-Textual Materials Archivist, Kim Andersen.]

The State Archives of North Carolina recently received an outstanding addition to our Special Collections holdings – a 1954 audio recording of Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars live in Memorial Hall at UNC Chapel Hill on 8 May 1954!  The original audio was a single microphone mono recording on reel-to-reel tape.  David Robert, the nephew of the recordist and MC of the event itself, Martin Carmichael, made a high-end cassette recording from the original reel to reel in 1984.  That cassette recording was digitally transferred and remastered with some subtle stereo added for clarity by Brent Lambert in 2006. The digital recording of the show was graciously donated to the State Archives of North Carolina by Holden Richards and is now part of the holdings of the State Archives, call number Non-TextTR.89.  The recording covers the entirety of the 8 May 1954 show including introductions of band members, commentary between numbers, crowd interaction, and a short post-show interview with Armstrong.  There are a total of eighteen tracks, some of which contain several songs and/or voice segments.  Five tracks are presently available online via the State Archives’ YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2w9jUBdiGKs689m0Gj6vxy6ux3YHFDUx.

Play list of entire show:

  • Introduction
  • When Its Sleepytime Down South
  • Back Home Again in Indiana
  • Kiss to Build a Dream On
  • The Buckets Got a Hole in It
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Tin Roof Blues
  • Strutting With Some Barbeque
  • It’s Wonderful
  • Billy Kyle Piano Medley
  • The Man I Love
  • Marching
  • Velma Middleton Intro
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • Stomping at the Savoy
  • When Its Sleepytime Down South (Reprise)
  • – Band Break-
  • History of Jazz Intro
  • UNC Fraternity Announcement
  • New Orleans Funeral March
  • Extended comedy
  • C’est Si Bon
  • Lazy River
  • Shadrack/When The Saints Go Marching In
  • High Society
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • The Dum-Dum Song
  • Louis Armstrong Interview