I don’t think I need to post a Louis Armstrong bio here. Instead, allow me to share with you the first of “Beautiful Grandma’s Crackpot Theories About Famous People.” Yes, she had quite a few. My Grandmother was convinced that the handkerchief that Louis used to wipe his brow as he performed was filled with cocaine so that he could discretely snort it while he was on stage. (Yeah, I have no idea how that was supposed to work either.) In fact I found no evidence that he battled addiction of any kind. He was probably overly fond of an herbal laxative called Swiss Kriss which he used for weight control. But I certainly can’t fault a man for enjoying a meal too many!
This version of “Just One Of Those Things” is from the 1957 album “Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson.”