Louis and the Good Book is a 1958 jazz and spirituals album by Louis Armstrong.
Singles included “I’ll String Along with You” / “On My Way (Out on My Traveling Shoes)” 1959, also known as I’m On My Way.
An unusual album in the Louis Armstrong canon, this collection of gospel songs, spirituals, homilies, and comic vignettes was the only religious album this determinedly secular musician recorded. Backed by a gospel vocal group led by the celebrated jazz arranger Sy Oliver, Armstrong performs a variety of religious-themed favorites, including “Ezekiel Saw De Wheel,” “Go Down Moses,” and “Didn’t it Rain,” as well as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot“. There’s an affecting version of the traditional spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.
Louis made many divine recordings, but this 1958 LP was the only one specifically devoted to spiritual songs. At times joyous, solemn, whimsical and moving, this uplifting classic Spirituals.
I highly recommend this album as representative of Armstrong’s religious devotions and background. The accompanying singers are excellent and his vocals as well as instrumentals solo’s are simply perfection….
Reverend Eatmore is comedy in a most refined and humorous mode that can be enjoyed when listened to numerous times….
His rendition of “Motherless Child” is heartfelt and poignant given Armstrongs own background… (Edward J. Cox)
This 1958 recording contains eighteen wonderful spirituals with the Sy Oliver choir and two mock “sermons.” Louis Armstrong is obviously having a ball and enjoying every second he’s singing and playing his trumpet. The choir is excellent and the whole recording just works; it’s one to play over and over again. (Joe Graphics)
Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals)
Everett Barksdale (guitar)
George Barnes (guitar)
Hank D’Amico (clarinet)
Barrett Deems (drums)
Edmond Hall (clarinet)
Mort Herbert (bass)
Billy Kyle (piano)
Dave McRae (clarinet)
Nickie Tagg (organ)
Trummy Young (trombone)
The The Sy Oliver Choir conducted by Sy Oliver
01. Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen (Traditional) 3.01
02. Shadrack (MacGimsey) 2.46
03. Go Down Moses (Traditional) 3.39
04. Rock My Soul (In The Bosom O Abraham) (Huey) 2.57
05. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel (Traditional) 2.32
06. On My Way (Got On My Travelin’ Shoes) (Chapman/Carroll) 3.04
07. Down By The Riverside (Traditional) 3.10
08. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Traditional) 3.09
09. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (Traditional) 3.29
10. Jonah And The Whale (MacGimsey) 2.40
11. Didn’t It Rain (Traditional) 2.50
12. This Train (Tharpe) 2.27
Louis Armstrong asked Richard Nixon to carry his bags through customs.
The bags had marijuana in them.
I guess this was the first and last time, Mr. Nixon did a great Job !