‘Music is ‘life it’self

In 1967, jazz legend Louis Armstrong wrote this generous, heartfelt letter to a fan who, as a Marine stationed in Vietnam, had recently sent him some fan-mail. You wouldn’t think they were strangers, as Armstrong’s favourite laxative, “Swiss Kriss,” is amusingly mentioned in the first paragraph (and in closing); he then goes on to reminisce about

Am Ricely and Chickenly Yours

Here’s a heartwarming, poem-topped letter from the late jazz legend Louis Armstrong — sent to a poorly friend of the family, named Gina Nirova — that serves to illustrate Satchmo’s charming habit of signing off informal letters in an offbeat manner. Other notable examples of Armstrong’s colourful valediction include: “Am Trumpetly Yours”; “Am Ulceratedly Yours”; “Yours Soul Foodly”, and, most