Louis Armstrong: On the Sunny Side of the Street
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals)
Great Chicago Concert 1956 (Sony 65119)
Dale Jones (bass), Barrett Deems (drums).
Composed by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields.
Recorded: Medina Temple, Chicago, June 1, 1956.
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Recently a friend of ours lost her mother, a much-beloved, dyed-in-the-wool musician. At the funeral, our friend sang her mom's favorite song, concluding with a Satchmo-like "Oh, yeah" before losing it. This exceptional piece of courage and devotion made us realize we'd always misunderstood that song, associating it with jazz's most life-affirming artist. Yet listening again to Louis's rendition, we discover that of course he got it, singing: "I'm not afraid, baby. My rover crossed over." If we do make it to Heaven, surely that cat at the gate'll welcome us with an incandescent smile. And a gravelly "Oh, yeah."
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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