Just A Closer Walk With Thee – 1970

Louis Armstrong & Mahalia Jackson


A heartwarming meeting between two musical giants

On July 10, 1970, the Newport Jazz Festival paid tribute to Louis Armstrong on what was believed to be the week in which he turned 70.

One of the most heartwarming and emotional performances was by the great Mahalia Jackson, arguably the finest of all gospel singers.

Her remarkable version of “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” is quite memorable, inspiring Louis Armstrong to come out of the audience and join her for a duet.

The show concludes with Armstrong leading the way on “The Saints” and finishing off with “Mack The Knife” while joined by cornetist Bobby Hackett, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and members of his band.

It was quite a show.

-Scott Yanow

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