Thursday, April 1, 2010

Louis Armstong: The metal years

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Not everyone realizes that Louis Armstrong, prior to becoming a beloved American jazz giant, started out as a highly influential death-metal innovator.

Now, newly restored video from Oslo's Kulturhistorisk Museum shows the late “Satchmo” performing an early version of “What a Wonderful World” with his Norwegian band Crucible of Ennui.

Here’s footage from this long-forgotten phase of Armstrong's career, followed by a performance years later, by which time he'd adopted the more commercially palatable approach that would bring him international acclaim.

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