LOUIS WISHES YOU A COOL YULE’ SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 28th

For the very first time, “Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule,” presents Louis
Armstrong’s holiday recordings as a cohesive body of work, marking his
first-ever official Christmas album. PRNewsFoto.
For the very first time, “Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule,” presents Louis Armstrong’s holiday recordings as a cohesive body of work, marking his first-ever official Christmas album. PRNewsFoto.

 ‘LOUIS WISHES YOU A COOL YULE’ SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 28th 

LOS ANGELES, PRNewswire -- Much like Santa Claus himself, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong devoted his life to “the cause of happiness,” as he once put it, bringing joy to audiences around the globe every time he put his trumpet to his lips or crooned with his instantly-recognizable, gravelly voice.

Yet, while Satchmo’s holiday recordings have become standard
yuletide fare, he never released a Christmas album during his lifetime. Now, for the very first time, Louis Wishes You A Cool
Yule – out October 28 via Verve Records/ UMe, presents
Armstrong’s holiday recordings as a cohesive body of work,
marking his first-ever official Christmas album.

Since his passing in 1971, Armstrong has become one of the most oft-played artists during the holiday season, his golden
trumpet tone still able to cut through the din of even the most bustling shopping mall. Available for pre-order today, Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule features nearly the entirety of Armstrong’s holiday output: six Decca singles from the ‘50s, including “Cool Yule,” “Christmas Night in Harlem,” and the swinging.

“’Zat You Santa Claus?.” The 11-track album also features duets with two of Pops’ favorite vocal partners, Velma Middleton (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) and Ella Fitzgerald (“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”). An official video for the Louis and Ella classic debuts
today, hand-drawn by director and animator JonJon in his distinctive “line and shape” style.

Rounding out the collection is the artist’s signature hit, “What
a Wonderful World,” which has become something of a yearlong
hymn of hope and celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, plus a
very special gift to fans: a previously unreleased reading of Samuel Clement Moore’s poem 
“A Visit from St. Nicholas,”
popularly known as “The Night Before Christmas.” Paired with
a groovy, newly-recorded musical underbed by New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner, the poignant recording marks the first new Louis Armstrong track in more than 20
years and is notable for being the last
recording he ever made.


Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule will be available in a variety of formats, including on red vinyl, a limited edition vinyl picture disc (releasing November 4th), CD, and digital.


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