Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald & Friends Jazz Duos: 1938 – 1957 The Essential Jazz Duos (Vinyl 2LP)


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*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2020

Label:  Diggers Factory

Includes a booklet with all details from the recording sessions.

Limited Edition 700 numbered copies


Track List

Side A

Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald

  1. You Won’t Be Satisfied
  2. Dream a Little Dream of Me
  3. Can Anyone Explain
  4. Would You Like to Take A Walk
  5. Who Walks In When I Walk Out?
  6. They Can’t Take That Away From Me

Side B

Louis Armstrong & Friends

  1. My Walking Stick – L. Armstrong, the Mills Brothers
  2. My Sweet Hunk O’ Trash – L. Armstrong, B. Holiday
  3. You Rascal You – L. Armstrong, L. Jordan
  4. Gone Fishin’ – L. Armstrong, B. Crosby
  5. Stompin’ at the Savoy – L. Armstrong, E. Fitzgerald
  6. Mack The Knife – L. Armstrong, L. Lenya

Side C

Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee & Friends

  1. Candy – J. Mercer, J. Stafford
  2. You Was – P. Lee, D. Martin
  3. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – D. Ellington, B. Strayhorn
  4. Pearl Bailey and Hot Lips Page Who? – P. Bailey, The Charioteers
  5. I Know That You Know – D. Day, G. Nelson
  6. Hey Not Now (I’ll Tell You When) – M. Cole, Nat King Cole
  7. Open Up the Doghouse – Nat King Cole, D. Martin

Side D

Ella, Nat, Louis & Friends

  1. Making Whoopee – D. Day, D. Thomas
  2. For You My Love – Nat King Cole, N. Lutcher
  3. This New Situation (B. Johnson) – E. Johnson, N. Lewis
  4. Cow-Cow Boogie – E. Fitzgerald, The Ink Spots
  5. It’s A Pity to Say Goodnight – E. Fitzgerald, The Delta Rhythm Boyss
  6. Summertime – E. Fitzgerald, L. Armstrong



  • Meetings make music, especially songs. During the Forties and Fifties, artists were invited to perform — onstage, in numerous radio shows and on television — in a particular format that quickly attracted an immense audience: the duo. The success of these duets had producers in television, films and musicals scrambling to find personalities they could pair onstage. As for record companies, they sent a succession of their own artists into the studios… two by two. Duets became a music genre all of its own, and the duo who made probably the greatest impression were, of course, “Ella & Louis”. Their performances together take up more than one side here, but they weren’t the only ones to sing duets. The genre had many specialists, not only American favorites like Nat King Cole, Dean Martin or Bing Crosby, but many others less well-known outside the U.S. (Johnny Mercer, Doris Day, Pearl Bailey, Hot Lips Page etc.) whose voices combined to produce the same result: they made miracles. So here are 25 magic moments chosen from literally hundreds of vocal duets handed down to us today. They are all evidence of a most extraordinary period in jazz.
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