Bare Necessities

The title of this isn’t meant to reflect the state of science funding. It’s just that it’s a bleak and freezing January and I thought we could probably all do with a bit of an injection of happiness. If Louis Armstrong can’t do that for you, then nobody can. OK, so it’s a far cry from the exhilirating adventurousness of the trumpet playing on his early recordings, but he was an old man when this was recorded and had already more than paid his dues. Anyway he always saw himself as much as an entertainer as a musician, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  I just love the infectiously swinging  way he sings on this track, and I hope it brings a smile to your face as it does to mine every time I see it.

This is the great man, recorded in 1968, singing a tune from Walt Disney’s film The Jungle Book, which came out the year before. Take it away, Satchmo!

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2 Responses to “Bare Necessities”

  1. LOL, I came here from twitter expecting a discourse on STFC funding troubles and wishing it were a rendition of the song from the jungle book and what do we find? A pleasant surprise! Excellent.

    Youv’e just got to love Louis Armstrong

  2. I have to admit, I too was expecting a bleak report on funding while the referral from facebook was loading, but was pleasantly surprised to find an uplifting music video while my train ploughs through the wiltshire winter wilderness back to Cambridge.

    I also like this one, expecially the spanish subtitles. Nobody does it like Barry White…. 🙂

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