When the Saints Go Marching In

When the Saints Go Marching In

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Description (Brief)

Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra. side 1: When the Saints Go Marching In; side 2: Bye and Bye (Decca 25153), from the album, Classics New Orleans To New York (Decca A-572).
78 rpm. Side 1 was originally recorded in 1938 and released on Decca 2230. Side 2 was originally recorded in 1939 and released on Decca 3011. The album was released in 1947.

Born in New Orleans in 1901, jazz musician Louis Armstrong (d. 1971) was known for his distinctive trumpet-playing and vocal style. He often improvised jazz riffs using his voice rather than his instrument, “scatting” notes and melodies rather than singing actual words. Armstrong transformed traditional church songs like “When the Saints Go Marching In” into jazz melodies fit for brass bands. Nicknamed Satchmo, short for “satchel-mouth,” he helped popularize the solo performance in jazz music. His musical style influenced singers Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

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Object Name
sound recording
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sound recording; Phonorecord; 78 Rpm
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recording artist
Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
shellac (overall material)
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Lucy C. Shain in memory of James Lewis Shain
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National Museum of American History
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