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Classic JazzA Personal View of the Music and the Musicians$
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Floyd Levin

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520213609

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520213609.001.0001

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The Seven-year Challenge to Complete the Louis Armstrong Statue

The Seven-year Challenge to Complete the Louis Armstrong Statue

(p.287) The Seven-year Challenge to Complete the Louis Armstrong Statue
Classic Jazz

Floyd Levin

University of California Press

This chapter presents an account of the seven-year challenge to complete a statue honoring Louis Armstrong, who is considered as the first and greatest celebrity of jazz. It discusses the fund that was established in New Orleans, and examines Ned Brundage's article where he expressed the joys and anguish connected with the concert production of “Hello Louis!”, as well as the efforts to complete the Statue Fund. The chapter also discusses Bing Crosby's contribution to the fund, and the unveiling of the Louis Armstrong statue on July 4, 1976.

Keywords:   Louis Armstrong statue, Ned Brundage, Hello Louis!, Statue Fund, Bing Crosby

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