Masterpieces: Louis Armstrong-«Hello, Dolly!»

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Hello, Dolly!» is the title song from the Tony Award-winning 1964 musical which featured Carol Channing in the lead role and in 1969 it was made into a film starring Barbra Streisand, but did you know that even the fact that the song had reached #1 in the US charts selling more than a million copies, initially no one wanted to record it.

The songwriter recalled the 1940 movie Lillian Russell when he was writing the song, which features a scene with star Alice Faye singing with waiters. The names Harry and Manny that appear on the lyrics were personal for him. «Harry was my father and Manny was my uncle,» he explained. «Later, I threw in Louis, another uncle. I used everybody in my family.»

It was one of the last major pop hits to come from Broadway at a time when Broadway music and pop music were diverging. Of course, it succeeded as a novelty because it was really a throwback of early 20th century styles.




Just like the song, some things sometimes appear to not be really good or take too much time (like learning English!!)  but if you continue doing it and do not give up, you can reach real success!


  • Why do you think the people who rejected to record the song felt after it was a huge hit? How would you feel?

Session 1

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Ms. Anna Maria Zaragoza from Narvarte Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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    1. Yes indeed, Armstrong himself suffered from discrimination only for the color of his skin. He even had to refuse to perform in certain hotels due to the rule he couldn’t stay over for not being white. However, now he’s really appreciated for his amazing music. Thank you for your comment! Please free to post any doubt or question about the subject or the blog.

    1. Yes, as you say it’s a shame this still is a current problem around the world. Luckly is considerably smaller than a few decades ago, at least in some countries. In Mexico we have a different kind of discrimination towards the indigenous people. However, Mexican music unite us in many ways. Thank you for your comment!

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