Louie Had It Right Back in ’67

“Seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doing to it, and all I’m saying is: see what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love, baby, love. That’s the secret …” – Louis Armstrong

Louie Armstrong, who would have been 115 today, joined a mass exodus of jazz and blues musicians from the South to Chicago in 1924, a city whose first permanent resident was a black man named Jean Baptiste Point de Sable. Point de Sable built a log cabin at the mouth of the Chicago River in the 1770s where today a striking bronze bust of him stands. The bust is the work of Chicago sculpture Erik Blome.

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Jean Baptiste Point de Sable, 1745-1818




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Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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4 Responses to Louie Had It Right Back in ’67

  1. Sophie33 says:

    A lovely post that I enjoyed thoroughly!


  2. LB says:

    That sculpture is incredible, isn’t it?
    Thanks for the history lesson, and the Louis Armstrong quote / video


    • Jim Brennan says:

      The bronze bust floored me as I passed it on the Chicago waterfront. It grabs you and won’t let go. And yes, LB, Louie had it right. Imagine being black in the south in the 1940-50s and writing such a hopeful song. If only we could all be so optimistic and strong.


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