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S.O.L. Blues

Louis Armstrong & His
Hot Seven


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Feat. Johnny Dodds


This side was recorded in Chicago on May 13th 1927 with Louis Armstrong trumpet & vocals, John Thomas trombone, Johnny Dodds clarinet, Lil Hardin Armstrong piano, Johnny St Cyr banjo, Pete Briggs tuba, and Baby Dodds drums.

*"S.O.L. Blues" was composed by Louis Armstrong.

What came to be released as "Armstrong's S.O.L. Blues" was actually a first attempt to record "Gully Low Blues", successfully recorded the next day on May 14th 1927.

Following a red-hot start the ensemble soon gives way to the supportive clarinet of Johnny Dodds and soulful voice of Louis Armstrong.

For the last minute of the record Armstrong is at his blowin' best accompanied by the legendary "Hot Seven" band.

Although originally recorded in 1927 at a session held for the Okeh label this classic side would remain un-issued until its well overdue 1940 Columbia release.

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