The death of Louis Armstrong on 6 July 1971, two days after his 71st birthday, was a great shock to me. He had been ill for a while, but I’d heard he was getting better. It filled me with sadness. I had been an admirer of Pops since I had heard his first record when he played with Fletcher Henderson, and as time had passed, my admiration for him had grown. Like all the trumpeters of my generation, and many of those of generations to come, I had been influenced by his style, his wonderful phrasing, and his musical ideas. He had contributed so much to my own development. I had learned to know and love him and we were very happy, Lily and I, to meet Pops and his wife Lucille whenever they were in Paris. Sometimes we met at our friends Maurice and Vonette Cullaz’s home. He loved Vonette’s cooking because he loved oriental, food of which he was a connoisseur.
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