“Hello Dolly!” Performed by Louis Armstrong (1964)

February 28, 2011


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The only way you could have been alive in 1964 and NOT known and loved this song would be if you were in a coma! This song was everywhere and I loved it.

The song won composer  Jerry Herman a Grammy for the 1964 Song of the Year. It was composed for the Tony Award  winning (10 trophies won) Broadway musical “Hello, Dolly” based on the Thornton Wilder adaptation of a 1835 English play “A Day Well Spent” — renamed  “The Matchmaker.”  Written for Ethel Merman,  the lead ultimately went to the great musical star Carol Channing.

As hard as it is to believe,  this was Louis Armstrong’s only Grammy Award winning performance as the 1964 Best Vocal Performance, Male. Armstrong did win, posthumously, the Grammy 1972 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Louis Armstrong also had a cameo during the performance of   “Hello, Dolly!” in the 1969  musical romantic comedy of the same name starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau. Here is a snippet below.

Musically Yours,

 

 

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