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When You're Smiling

Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra


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Feat. Carroll Dickerson


Recorded in New York City on September 11th 1929 with the following lineup, Louis Armstrong trumpet & vocals, Homer Hobson trumpet, Fred Robinson trombone, Jimmy Strong clarinet & tenor sax, Bert Curry and Crawford Washington alto sax, Carroll Dickerson violin & director, Gene Anderson piano, Mancy Cara banjo, Pete Briggs tuba, and Zutty Singleton drums.

*"When You're Smiling" was written by Larry Shay, Mark Fisher, and Joe Goodwin.

Louis Armstrong's first recording of this song made it a sensation overnight. It was destined to be covered by a string of other great jazz artists including Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday but none measure up to this original by "Satchmo". Over the course of his lengthy career Armstrong would record the song famously twice more; once in 1932 and again in 1956.

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