Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald: A Foggy Day


A Foggy Day


Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals) and Ella Fitzgerald (vocals)


Ella and Louis (Universal 9073)

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Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals), Ella Fitzgerald (vocals), Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), Buddy Rich (drums).

Composed by George & Ira Gershwin


Recorded: Los Angeles, August 16, 1956


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

The 1950s boasted many illustrious pairs: Barbie & Ken, Boris & Natasha, Fred & Ethel, Huntley & Brinkley, Ike & Mamie, Lucy & Ricky, Martin & Lewis, Ozzie & Harriet, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Watson & Crick. None, however, outclassed Ella & Louis. Here, from the vicinity of Hollywood & Vine, they cover George & Ira's tribute to the land of Fish & Chips. He & She are as complementary as Bread & Butter and as iconic as the Stars & Stripes. "The age of miracles," each sings agelessly and miraculously, "hadn't passed." Thanks to Ella & Louis, it never shall.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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