The full question:
“As a young boy I saw Louis Armstrong play at Brogden Hall. I remember him playing ‘Hello Dolly.’ It was unusual that someone that ‘famous’ had a concert in Wilmington. I would like to know if anyone remembers when that was. Was sometime in the ’60s.”
And the answer:
Ricky Riccardi, the archivist at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, N.Y., produced an itinerary of Armstrong’s 1967 schedule.
Armstrong played Brogden Hall at New Hanover High School on Nov. 11, 1967, with his regular band.
Riccardi said the collection of memorabilia at the museum includes a postcard from clarinetist Joe Muranyi to Jack Bradley, an Armstrong fan and collector. In the postcard, Muranyi told Bradley how great the concert in Wilmington was.
Here’s a link to a 2002 interview with Nick Ponos, a local drummer, who was active in music circles for decades. He mentions the Armstrong concert in the interview: http://library.uncw.edu/web/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/157.html
And, even though you didn’t ask, Armstrong seemed to prefer the “Lewis” pronunciation of his name to “Louie,” although he didn’t seem to mind “Louie,” Riccardi said.
Date posted: February 8, 2012
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