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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

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Louis Armstrong

Two provocative TLSs to Martha Weaver, each one page, 8.5 x 11, typed on the reverse of sheets advertising ‘Lose Weight the Satchmo Way.’ The first, signed “Pops,” dated December 11, 1957, in part: “I want to ‘lay this cute little joke on you that I’ve just heard from the President of the bank…Little Red Ridinghood was going through the woods, when the Wolf jumped out in front of her and said ‘Ah-hh—I’m going to ‘Lay you…Little Red Ridinghood told him—‘Oh no now—stick to your script,—you’re supposed to ‘eat me first….Hmmm….I missed you something terribly while I was away…I’ll be so happy to ‘dig’ you in the flesh real soon…So don’t let anything bore you darling…Satchmo’ have the ‘dammdest crush on you—that’ll outshine any of the boy friends that you have ever had in your whole life.” He also adds a brief handwriten postscript, “P. S. you may write me here. it’s O. K.”

The second letter, signed “Satchmo, Louis Armstrong,” dated February 15, 1958, in part: “‘Girl, I had the ‘damdest’ time trying to send you this ‘loot’…I either had to rush to the recording studio, or hall-ass to some radio station…What you and I talked about over the phone, lookslike it has all the chancees in the world of materializing. Keep your ‘lil‘ol’fingers crossed. Because there are beautiful chances of me coming to do a picture with that great ‘cat, Danny Kaye.” Intersecting folds, scattered toning, and a tear to the top edge of one letter, otherwise overall fine condition. Accompanied by one original mailing envelope. Weaver, the recipient of Armstrong’s overtures, was a young singer who later married bandleader Louis Jordan. A rare, undocumented side of Armstrong, who was married to Lucille Wood from 1942 until his death in 1971. RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: #436 - Ended September 10, 2014