Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars recorded “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” in Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 1927. The moment was captured in a crisp recording that is as impressive as it is pure fun. Armstrong’s inspired composition and tight arrangement are brought to life by one of the hottest big bands of all time. Ripped to mp3 from a well preserved 78 RPM vinyl side, this ebullient instrumental classic is free to enjoy and share, hosted by the good folks at archive.org.
Here’s legendary American singer Alberta Hunter’s vintage recording of “Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning.” Originally penned by Tom and Pearl Delaney, this classic was later a hit for Dinah Washington and Aretha Franklin. Alberta Hunter and her small, smart combo, put this song on the musical map forever in 1921, with this unforgettable take.
There is some debate as to the origin of this Duke Ellington title. “Washington Wobble” might pay tribute to the earthquake-prone Evergreen State; Others claim it refers to Elmer Fudd, describing our elected or appointed officials and their well-heeled lobbyists in Ellington’s birthplace of Washington, DC! Either way, it cooks from start to finish with some great up-tempo section work and lively solo playing, and today is a fine day to post some classic American music.