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Mack The Knife - Live In London 1956
by Louis Armstrong

Realised I had never posted a version of this for #murderballadmonday even though it's one of the most well-known 20th Century murder ballads and now considered a jazz standard... The Bobby Darin version got to No.1 but Louis Armstrong did it first. He namechecks Lotte Lenya (composer Kurt Weill's wife) in the song because apparently she was in the studio when he first recorded it.

I have to confess something though, when I was a kid I found Armstrong's face-pulling to be kind of creepy. Even here there's something off-putting about his teethy grin, and while I know he's playing up to the creepiness of the violence in the song, his face almost looks like a mask or a caricature and it really skirts the edge of being very... minstrelsy. Maybe that's why he always creeped me out when I was a kid. Still, you can't deny what he did for music in the 20th Century and I always liked the jaunt of this tune.
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Posted: 7th October 2019
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Anna (who also posts as @mondoagogo)
Exploring the darker side of the human condition. // My main account is @mondoagogo. // #murderballadmonday // #Noirvember // #triphopheads // #badthingshappenincars // #folkloreandfairytales // #nightwalking // #femmefatale // #themalegaze
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