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Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy
Studio album by Louis Armstrong and His All Stars
Released 1954
Recorded Jul 12, 1954
Genre Jazz
Length 76:37
Label Columbia
Producer George Avakian
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Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy is a 1954 studio release by Louis Armstrong and His All Stars, described by Allmusic as "Louis Armstrong's finest record of the 1950s" and "essential music for all serious jazz collections".[1] Columbia CD released the album on CD in 1986 in a much altered form, with alternative versions in place of many of the original songs, but restored the original with its 1997 re-issue, which also included additional tracks: a brief interview by the producer, George Avakian, with W. C. Handy; a joke told by Louis Armstrong; and several rehearsal versions of the songs.


Track listing


Side 1

  1. "St. Louis Blues" (Handy) - 8:50
  2. "Yellow Dog Blues" (Handy) - 4:16
  3. "Loveless Love" (Handy) - 4:28
  4. "Aunt Hagar's Blues" (Brymn, Handy) - 4:57
  5. "Long Gone (From Bowling Green)" (Handy, Smith) - 5:08

Side 2

  1. "Memphis Blues" (Handy, Norton) - 2:59
  2. "Beale Street Blues" (Handy) - 4:56
  3. "Ole Miss Blues" (Handy) - 3:25
  4. "Chantez Les Bas (Sing 'Em Low)" (Handy) - 4:48
  5. "Hesitating Blues" (Handy) - 5:20
  6. "Atlanta Blues (Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor)" (Elman, Handy) - 4:33

1996 CD bonus tracks

  1. "George Avakian's Interview with W. C. Handy - 2:44
  2. "Loveless Love" (Handy) - 5:55
  3. "Hesitating Blues" (Handy) - 5:38
  4. "Alligator Story" - 0:47
  5. "Long Gone (From Bowling Green)" (Handy, Smith) - 7:53




  • Rene Arsenault – production assistant
  • George Avakian – producer, engineer, liner notes, reissue producer
  • Gina Bello – design assistant
  • Steven Berkowitz – reissue series
  • Jennifer Ebert – packaging manager
  • Kevin Gore – reissue series
  • Randall Martin – reissue design
  • Patti Matheny – A&R, artist coordination
  • Seth Rothstein – project director, project manager
  • Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera – art direction, reissue art director
  • Mark Wilder – engineer, digital mastering


  1. ^ Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy at Allmusic

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