All That Jazz: Essential Blues Recordings: “West End Blues”- Louis Armstrong.
With the first entry of this feature I have to go with something by the greatest and most influential musician of the 20th Century- Louis Armstrong. “West End Blues” was a composition by Joe “King” Oliver who made the first recording of it in 1928. The “West End” in the title refers to the westernmost point of Lake Pontchartrain which at the time was a thriving summer resort area. The go-to version of the song is by Louis Armstrong- also made in 1928 with Armstrong on the trumpet and vocals. Armstrong’s “Hot Five” are Earl Hines on piano, Jimmy Strong on clarinet, Fred Robinson on trombone, Mancy Carr on banjo and Zutty Singleton on hand symbols. The recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1979.