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ARMSTRONG, LOUIS. Autograph letter signed ("Satch Louis Armstrong") to Chris Clufetos, [Corona, N.Y.], 16 June 1970. 3 pages, 4to, written on the versos of sheets printed with Armstrong's weight-loss diet, a few minor fold separations, with original stamped envelope addressed by Armstrong--WITH A GLOSSY PHOTOGRAPH OF ARMSTRONG POSED WITH HIS TRUMPET, issued by the Associated Booking Corp., [ca. 1960-65], 253 x 207mm. (10 x 8 1/8 in.), INSCRIBED BY ARMSTRONG to Clufetos, "Oh those duets on tape were wonderful Louis Armstrong," signed again "Satchmo" in the lower margin.

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ARMSTRONG, LOUIS. Autograph letter signed ("Satch Louis Armstrong") to Chris Clufetos, [Corona, N.Y.], 16 June 1970. 3 pages, 4to, written on the versos of sheets printed with Armstrong's weight-loss diet, a few minor fold separations, with original stamped envelope addressed by Armstrong--WITH A GLOSSY PHOTOGRAPH OF ARMSTRONG POSED WITH HIS TRUMPET, issued by the Associated Booking Corp., [ca. 1960-65], 253 x 207mm. (10 x 8 1/8 in.), INSCRIBED BY ARMSTRONG to Clufetos, "Oh those duets on tape were wonderful Louis Armstrong," signed again "Satchmo" in the lower margin.

An affectionate letter of reminiscence and advice, written a year before Armstrong's death: "Man I received your letter and as usual very happy to get it. The presents were beautiful. The photo of you Blowing with the Tuxed Brass Band is very good of you. I see that you really enjoyed playing with them. That's the Brass Band that I was playing with [when] I left New Orleans in 1922 to join King Oliver in Chicago [as second trumpetist with Oliver's Creole Jazz Band] and met Lil [Lil Hardin, Armstrong's second wife, from 1924 to 1932]. She was Blowing ["Playing" written in margin] with the King -- Johnnny [Dodds] -- Baby Dodds Outrey[?] -- and Bill Johnson. Man what a Band. They'll live in my memories.

"... I am coming on better each day. Soon as my legs strengthen up a little more, I'll be straight and I can put the cane aside. I am glad to hear about you doing so well with your horn. That's right, Blow with everybody. And see for yourself you'll be glad you did. Nowadays you just can't depend on one certain bunch of musicians to back you up. And good musician[s] will be very glad to Blow behind a good Trumpet Man that plays like you. Because there aren't too many, if any at all playing the way that you play. Understand? So keep it up Gate. Playing with Lil will do you some good. She's from the old school and can do wonders for you, don't you think so? I am looking [forward] to hearing you playing with your own Band some day. You have everything to work with, You are young & strong and knows your Horn, so there you are. Take advantage of it Gate. And you know that I am with you all the way. Lucille sent regards. Thanks again for everything. From your Boy, Satch Louis Armstrong." (2)
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