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The Sullivan Years: Louis Armstrong Armstrong was a frequent guest on Ed Sullivan's Sunday night TV show between 1956 and 1966, and The Sullivan Years collects — for...The Sullivan Years: Louis ArmstrongJazz Armstrong was a frequent guest on Ed Sullivan's Sunday night TV show between 1956 and 1966, and The Sullivan Years collects — for...2000-07-14
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The Sullivan Years: Louis Armstrong

Genre: Jazz; Lead Performer: Louis Armstrong; Producer (group): T

Armstrong was a frequent guest on Ed Sullivan’s Sunday night TV show between 1956 and 1966, and The Sullivan Years collects — for the first time — 18 performances from those shows. Several of the arrangements were painfully abridged for TV, but Armstrong is in good voice and the instrumentals are animated. The selections include most of his hits from the period, from ”Blueberry Hill” and ”Mack the Knife” through ”Hello Dolly” and ”Cabaret” (an unusually slow and persuasive reading). Sullivan’s intros are surprisingly warm but make for bad history: He thinks Louis hit New York in 1920. B+