New York: Audio Fidelity, 1960. AFLP 1930. 12 inch LP recording in printed sleeve. Surface scratches visible; wear to edges of record sleeve. Item #205723
Armstrong's tribute record to his mentor, recorded in September and October 1959. The cover of this copy has been signed by Armstrong along with several of his bandmates who appear on this recording: Billy Kyle (piano), Mort Herbert (bass), Trummy Young (trombone), and Danny Barcelona (drums), as well as others who regularly performed with Armstrong but are not on the record: clarinetist Barney Bigard and singer Velma Middleton. We have not attempted to play the record and cannot judge the impact of the surface scratches. The signature, all in blue ballpoint pen, are partly faded, but still legible. The sessions for this recording were filmed --- the only footage of Armstrong in a recording studio, recently acquired by the Armstrong House and Museum in Queens, New York. The record was advertised in Billboard in the early weeks of 1960 with the AFLP 1930 number, suggesting that this would be the first pressing.