First Ever Official Louis Armstrong Christmas Album on Picture Disc Vinyl LP with New Liner Notes from Grammy Award-Winning Writer Ricky Riccardi!
Much like Santa Claus himself, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong devoted his life to "the cause of happiness," as he once put it, bringing joy to audiences around the globe every time he put his trumpet to his lips or crooned with his instantly-recognizable, gravelly voice. Yet, while Satchmo's holiday recordings have become standard yuletide fare, he never released a Christmas album during his lifetime. Now, for the very first time, Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule presents Armstrong's holiday recordings as a cohesive body of work, marking his first-ever official Christmas album.
Since his passing in 1971, Armstrong has become one of the most oft-played artists during the holiday season, his golden trumpet tone still able to cut through the din of even the most bustling shopping mall. Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule features nearly the entirety of Armstrong's holiday output: six Decca singles from the ‘50s, including "Cool Yule," "Christmas Night in Harlem," and the swinging "‘Zat You Santa Claus?." The 11-track album also features duets with two of Pops' favorite vocal partners, Velma Middleton ("Baby, It's Cold Outside") and Ella Fitzgerald ("I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm").
Rounding out the collection is the artist's signature hit, "What a Wonderful World," which has become something of a yearlong hymn of hope and celebrates its 65th anniversary in 2022, plus a very special gift to fans: a previously unreleased reading of Samuel Clement Moore's poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas," popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas." Paired with a groovy, newly-recorded musical underbed by New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner, the poignant recording marks the first new Louis Armstrong track in more than 20 years and is notable for being the last recording he ever made.
Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule is available here on picture disc vinyl LP with new liner notes from Grammy-Award winning writer, Ricky Riccardi, author of two Armstrong biographies (Heart Full of Rhythm and What a Wonderful World) and Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum.
- Cool Yule
- Winter Wonderland
- I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (w/ Ella Fitzgerald)
- Zat You Santa Claus
- Christmas In New Orleans
- White Christmas
- Christmas Night In Harlem
- Baby, It's Cold Outside (w/ Velma Middleton)
- Moments To Remember
- What A Wonderful World
- Reading of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" with Sullivan Fortner, piano accompaniment