Friday, January 12, 2007
Is Louis Armstrong The Most Important Musical Figure Of The 20th Century?
Editor & Publisher digs up another terrific video clip: this time it's a charming animated short built around a duet between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on "Dream A Little Dream Of Me." Check it out. They off-handedly refer to Louis Armstrong as the most important musical figure of the 20th century. He's certainly a candidate, but is he a lock? What about Duke Ellington and Miles Davis when it comes to jazz? What about Elvis and the Beatles and Bob Dylan when it comes to rock? Hank Williams? Ray Charles? Kurt Weill? Stravinsky? Bartok? Shostakovich? (And who knows, maybe someday we'll think it was Philip Glass.) Robert Johnson? Frank Sinatra? Bing Crosby? (Bing taught everyone how to sing, you know.) The possibilities are endless.