Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy Birthday: Louis Armstrong & Elsbeary Hobbs

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong
(August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971)

Born Louis Daniel Armstrong in New Orleans, Louisiana, nicknamed "Pops" and "Satchmo", short for "Satchelmouth" describing his embouchure. Armstrong is considered a foundational influence in Jazz and popular music through his virtuosity and inventive playing techniques on trumpet and coronet. During the 1920's, he was known to have taken great leaps with improvisations which were daring and sophisticated for the time, while often subtle and melodic.


Elsbeary Hobbs
(August 4, 1936 - May 31, 1996)

Elsbeary Hobbs Jr. was born in New York City, New York. He was a vocalist, bassist and original founding members of the R&B/Doo-Wop group The Drifters which formed in 1955 in Harlem. The group recorded on labels including Atlantic, Rhino, and Ripete. The Drifters' music career was very successful and lasted until 1997 when Johnny Moore, the last surviving original member passed away. They recorded many memorable songs, including "Up On The Roof," "There Goes My Baby," "Please Stay," "This Magic Moment," "Save The Last Dance For Me," "Some Kind Of Wonderful," "Under The Boardwalk," "I Count The Tears," "Saturday Night At The Movies," "On Broadway," and "Dance With Me."

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