50 Years With Armstrong
Vol. 17, No. 14. Chigaco: Down Beat, July 14, 1950. Tabloid format periodical, printed on cheap paper, 19pp. Folded into magazine wrappers. Light wear at folds, some chipping to delicate edges. Signed by Armstrong and his band.
Special issue of this Jazz magazine celebrating the 50th birthday of Louis Armstrong, who is pictured on the cover. Includes numerous features about and tributes to Armstrong, as well as an Armstrong discography. The front cover has been signed by Armstrong in green ink, as well as by the members of his current band: Earl "Fatha" Hines, Jack Teagarden, Arvell Shaw, Barney Bigard, Sleepy Grider, Cozy Cole and singer Velma Middleton. Additionally, one of Armstrong's chief rivals at the time, trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen, has also signed inside.