On December 3, 1963, at age 62, when most folks are thinking about retirement, Louis Armstrong recorded the sprightly "Hello, Dolly!," the title song for a Broadway show.
Thus began a six year-long series of recordings that brought arguably most important 20th Century musician back into the limelight and, in fact, gave him his greatest recording successes ever.The single of "Hello, Dolly!" supplanted The Beatles as #1 on the Pop charts (his first #1!) and was #1 for nine weeks on the Adult Contemporary charts. The Dolly album soared to #1 for 6 weeks on Billboard's Top 200 and was certified gold.
Over the next two years Louis recorded tracks for the Mame album, resulting in a pair of Top 10 Adult Contemporary hits -- "So Long Dearie" and the title track.
Then we have the remarkable "What A Wonderful World." Recorded in 1967, the heartfelt single was a big hit in Europe, but only reached #12 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. However, after prominent placement in the 1988 movie Good Morning Vietnam, the single climbed into the Top 40 and the album was certified gold.
Finally, in 1969, Louis recorded "We Have All The Time In The World," the theme song for the next James Bond epic flick, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
This new Hip-O Select double CD, Hello, Louis! The Hit Years 1963 to 1969, brings together these recordings - originally on Kapp, Mercury, ABC-Paramount and EMI -- as a joyous celebration of a great artist's return to the fore. It collects all three hit albums, presenting the Mame LP on CD for the first time, adding in "The Three Of Us," recorded for the album but only previously released in Europe. The second disc also features two sides recorded in 1968 for Kapp, "Life Of The Party" b/w "The Kinda Love Song," both previously unreleased on album - and as the music on this collection shows, the title of the bonus track is most appropriate: Louis Armstrong's music is still the life of any party.
Disc One: Hello, Dolly! / Mame
01. Hello, Dolly!
02. It's Been A Long, Long Time
03. A Lot Of Livin' To Do
04. A Kiss To Build A Dream On
05. Someday (You'll Be Sorry)
06. Hey, Look Me Over!
07. Still Get Jealous
08. Moon River
09. Be My Life's Companion
10. Blueberry Hill
11. You Are Woman, I Am Man
12. Jeepers Creepers
14. The Circle Of Your Arms
15. So Long Dearie
16. Tin Roof Blues
17. I Like This Kind Of Party
18. When The Saints Go Marching In
20. Tyree's Blues
21. Pretty Little Missy
23. Short But Sweet
24. Bye 'N' Bye
25. The Three Of Us - Bonus Track
Disc Two: What A Wonderful World
01. What A Wonderful World
03. The Home Fires
04. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
05. Give Me Your Kisses (I'll Give You My Heart)
06. The Sunshine Of Love
07. Hello Brother
08. There Must Be A Way
09. Fantastic, That's You
10. I Guess I'll Get The Papers (And Go Home)
12. Life Of The Party - Bonus Track
13. The Kinda Love Song (a/k/a That's All I Want The World To Remember Me By) - Bonus Track
14. We Have All The Time In The World (Theme for James Bond's "On Her Secret Majesty's Secret Service")