London: A rare recording of one of the last live performances by jazz legend Louis Armstrong has been made public for the first time. The trumpeter performed at the National Press Club in Washington DC, against the advice of his doctors, in January 1971, just over five months before he died.
The ‘What A Wonderful World’ singer had not been well because of heart and kidney trouble, but felt strong enough to play five songs at the event. His performance has been released as a digital download and on CD, the BBC reported.
The move was prompted by the press club after a rare LP of the event was discovered.
Those who attended the show, which was hosted by the British journalist David Frost, were given vinyl copies of the recording.
But the LP, which includes classics such as Hello Dolly, Mack the Knife and Rocking Chair, had become mostly forgotten over the decades.
The liner notes included Armstrong`s favourite recipes, like Louisiana caviar and a New Orleans cocktail.