Louis Armstrong is captured at his effusive best in one of the latest clips to be shared on the official YouTube channel of The Ed Sullivan Show. The newly-added recording shows the jazz maestro and his band giving a brief performance of “(Back Home Again In) Indiana” on the edition that aired on January 27, 1957.
Armstrong was aged 55 at the time of the broadcast, and had released his fondly-regarded Ella and Louis collaboration album, with old friend Ella Fitzgerald, some three months earlier. He was already widely feted for his lifetime contribution to music, having entered the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame as early as 1952. Fitzgerald was also on that edition of the long-running variety series, as were operatic soprano Dorothy Kirsten and tenor Mario del Monaco.
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