Ricky Riccardi: How Louis Armstrong Revolutionised Popular Music

Ricky Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of ‘What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years’. He recently co-produced  the Satchmo at Symphony Hall 65th Anniversary re-release and The Complete New York Town Hall and Boston Symphony Hall Concerts for Universal Music and Columbia along with the Complete RCA Victor Live Recordings for Mosaic Records.

The Complete Concert for Universal Music and Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars for Mosaic Records. For this fascinating talk, Ricky will compare how popular songs were presented before and after Louis got hold of them to show how he changed the face of popular music forever.

After he set the standard, many artists found their own unique sound and superstars from Frank Sinatra to Billie Holiday and Eric Clapton to Elvis Costello emerged from his influence.

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