Louis Armstrong

Jazz King

The 50th Anniversary of Jazz King Louis Satchmo Armstrong sell-out concerts in Hamilton

Louis Armstrong 1963

Bill Lindberg’s shot of ‘Satchmo’ chatting to fans

Armstrong is regarded as one of the 20th century’s great entertainers. Richard Swainson says his tour, promoted by Harry M Miller, was an important milestone in the cultural life of Hamilton and New Zealand.

In Wellington, the “world famous jazz trumpeter” was welcomed by US Ambassador Anthony B. Akers with an “afternoon party”.

Waikato Times, March 20 1963, p20

Let the Saints Go Marching in Again
There’s a call out to encourage jazz lovers and great music fans generally to come and gather

To JOIN IN ‘THE SAINTS’ public sing-along and celebrate the 50th anniversary of a great event!

More about this event

The Founders Plaque to Include Photograph

A plaque commemorating the Louis Armstrong shows was installed in ‘The Founders’ beneath the bronze piece recording the theatre’s debt-free opening by Mayor Dr Denis Rogers in 1963. The 2013 plaque features veteran photographer Bill Lindberg’s shot of ‘Satchmo’ chatting to fans thronged outside (above top). The theatre balcony was buried a decade ago within the theatre’s entrance redevelopment.

Council Support

Satchmo’s Legendary Favourites
Adverts in the Waikato Times at the time confirm Louis Armstrong’s popularity back in 1963. The newspaper’s critic ‘A.E.K’ writes the expected tribute of the concerts and refers to many of the Armstrong numbers that carry the jazz legend through the years: as well as ‘The Saints’, there’s “Blueberry Hill”, ”A Kiss to Build a Dream On”, ”All of Me”, ”Jeepers Creepers”…. Swainson points out ‘What a Wonderful World’ wasn’t recorded until 1968.

Waikato Times, Wednesday March 20, 1963, p12


Waikato Times, March 21, 1963, p5

Five years later, Louis Armstrong recorded that other favourite ‘What a Wonderful World’.

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World (Spoken Intro Version) 1970