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Friday, January 11, 2008

Thursday Brain Teaser




"As punishment for firing his father’s gun on one New Year’s Eve in New Orleans, he was sent to a boys’ home. There he learned to play the cornet and earned the nickname “Satchmo,” for his big mouth. He made many recordings as a vocalist and as a trumpeter, going on to be the international ambassador for jazz in Ghana. When he was 62, one of his recording knocked the Beatles out of the number one spot on the charts".

Who could it be? Fire away in the comment section...in the form of HINTS!
This is an easy one you guys, to make up for last week's pickle :)

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30 Comments:

At 02:05, Anonymous quilly said...

This was too easy! Anyone who knows who this fellow is, just raise your arm and give a strong wave!

 
At 02:41, Blogger jenn said...

Oooh ooh! I know I know!!!

His version of Summertime with Ella Fitzgerald is my fave.

 
At 04:10, Blogger Doug said...

St. James Infirmary's a hard song
To hear when your day has gone far wrong
But, listen now, girl
"It's a wonderful world"
Will keep a man on his seat at the bar long.

 
At 07:16, Blogger Minka said...

Quilly, true...but sometimes there should be easy exams in life ;)

Jenn, that's a good one.

Doug, girl? We need to talk, grampa!

 
At 07:45, Blogger Tom & Icy said...

He sure could sweat out a song.

 
At 16:11, Blogger Kyahgirl said...

Hi Minka, I know too :-)

Before power assisted steering, all cars had his kind of steering!

 
At 16:41, Anonymous neva said...

agree with teh Curmudgeon, it became a much more Wonderful World when this man mastered his music. (a song played at my brother-in-law's memorial service, because it so captured his beautiful spirit, as well)

interesting note: many folks wonder why your "mystery musician" used that handkerchief when playing his horn -- and assume he did it to wipe the sweat from his brow and/or spittle from his mouth. NOT TRUE. okay, so he did use it for those things, but he ALSO used the cloth to cover the keys on his trumpet so other jazz musicians couldn't copy his fingering technique. (learned that back in college, always thought it was one of MANY fascinating bits 'o information regarding this great artist)

FABULOUS Thursday Trivia, dearest Penguin. well done! : )

 
At 20:13, Blogger ariel said...

The first time I saw him in 'Hello, Dolly!' when I was a child. I found he was funny and was wondering if he was doing it on purpose. Children... :-)

I love Doug's limerick. Has a New Orleans feeling.

 
At 21:36, Blogger Nessa said...

His horn was as sweet
As his voice was deep.

 
At 06:10, Blogger Minka said...

Tom and ICY, he sure could.

kyahgirl, I am gonna take your word for it :)

Neva, You told me that during my lats visit...I think that is wonderful fact about him. I will start putting a handkerchief over my fingers while typing on the keyboard...simply to protect future generations :)

ariel, I saw him a cassette cover.

nessa, did you lick it?

 
At 07:09, Blogger ariel said...

Neva, I too wanted to thank you for that bit of information, it was just too funny!

 
At 16:18, Blogger Swiss Cheese Life said...

His mannerisms led activists to view him as an "Uncle Tom", yet the truth is that he was a social activist in time when it was not fashionable to be one.

A truly great man...

 
At 19:29, Blogger Theresa said...

If your arm isn't strong enough to lift all your textbooks, you should lift weights. :)

 
At 22:17, Blogger Nessa said...

Yes. Yes, I did, Minka.

 
At 23:07, Blogger actonbell said...

Satchmo lives!

 
At 00:17, Anonymous the amoeba said...

'bout that hanky, neva. Makes for a great story. But I know that if I tried to cover the trumpet valves so that other players couldn't see my fingering technique, I wouldn't be able to play the flippin' horn (the hanky would jam up the valves or my fingers or both). The Wikipedia photo on Our Subject shows the hanky in no position to cover the fingering fingers.

Not to mention the fact that the only reason to study Satchmo's technique was to try to figure out how he could play so well DESPITE it (not using the tips of his fingers on the keys, too much lip pressure on the mouthpiece, etc. etc.).

The big reason for the hanky (in addition to showmanship) was (and is) to protect the horn. Sweat does a number on a trumpet's finish (can, in fact, rot away the metal), and S. was a sweaty guy in a hot climate. And white gloves (cf. military musicians) just are not cool. Therefore, Desdemona, the handkerchief!

 
At 12:15, Blogger AP3 said...

I've always just LOVED that photo of him, btw.

 
At 18:51, Blogger TLP said...

You can't strong arm me into this one.

Great photo!

 
At 22:43, Blogger ariel said...

LOL @OC! I remember that photo of you with your trumpet. If you're right, I'm so relieved. :-)

 
At 22:47, Blogger Minka said...

ariel, I think it was grand, too. It's the odd stories that make people special.

swiss cheese life...I think anybody with a voice and using it for good, deserves our admiration and hopefully imitation :)

theresa, I have a man servant :) But yes, well done!

nessa, read OC's comment and shiver!

actonbell, I can actually picture you with marching soemwhere to that line :)

Oc...what a pratcical person you are.
practicality,n. myth-buster!

AP3, I love it too...I looked for a long time for a good one...nd came back to the picture I had first in mind.

TLP, arm wrestle? I have no upper body strength what-so-ever. can I interest you in egg-run competition?!

 
At 23:25, Blogger Prof Scrub said...

Dear Brain Teaser,

I believe the answer is Mohammed Ali. Is this correct?

Prof Scrub
http://www.profscrub.com

 
At 03:06, Blogger tsduff said...

His cheeks could blow
A bigger bubble
Than all the stars
Seen through the Hubble

Like an anvil
Or a strong arm
His chops were magnificent
He weren't no marm...

You need more proof?
Think crab or shrimp
A louie of either
My style doesn't crimp.

He was truly a gift to the human race. His music is unsurpassed. That song (Doug's mention) makes me cry every single time I hear it.

 
At 21:55, Blogger Nessa said...

Yes, I did. Ewwww, yuck.

 
At 15:24, Anonymous neva said...

OC: gosh, way to kick my music professor's ass from here to New Orleans! what can i say? perhaps back in Satchmo's day hankies were larger and/or draped over to the side facing the audience??

whatever, 'twas a grand myth while it lasted! ; )

 
At 17:18, Blogger Gledwood said...

I don't get what "Satchmo" has to do with big mouth tho..??

 
At 20:11, Anonymous Mo'a said...

I know, I know...and so it seems does everyone else...this gives me back my confidence. I know I am late, just wanted to say Hi!!! Bless a medan.

 
At 21:07, Blogger Minka said...

Prof. Scrub...no, not quite.

terry, I guess I better check out that song then. Don't cry...I'll share my chocolate with you.

nessa, need a bucket?

neva, don't take it too hard...we liked your story :)

gledwood, you asking me?

moa, bless a medan og takk fyrir komuna!

 
At 02:53, Blogger Trundling Grunt said...

Easy but I'm still late.
Just started listening to Emiliana Torrini....sorry about the spelling.

 
At 12:05, Blogger Minka said...

trundling grunt...bette rlate than never. Wow...love your choice of music, how very Icelandic of you!

the answer to this (last) week's trivia was of course:

Louis Armstrong!

 
At 17:00, Blogger Doug said...

What? It wasn't Bix Beiderbecke? I was sure it was Bix Beiderbecke!

 

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