Well-known American trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong, who’s thought-about as one of many best jazz musicians of all time, apparently visited Beirut in 1959 and carried out on the UNESCO Theater. Armstrong was on a Center East and visited Egypt as nicely the place he was apparently accused by native papers of main an Israeli spy community.
The US was sending artists like Armstrong again then on cultural diplomacy initiatives around the globe to counter the Soviet Union affect, however Armstrong knew nothing in regards to the regional points and clearly wasn’t very proud of the accusations. One article I discovered quotes Egyptian newspapers and even the Egyptian President Abdel Nasser saying:
Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper went so far as to report that Lebanese safety authorities uncovered a spy ring that was reportedly working undercover with numerous creative troupes. The report acknowledged: “Among the many main members of the gang was the well-known American Negro musician Louis Armstrong, who had just lately visited Beirut.”
The 1959 Center East tour, that Nasser referred to, noticed a prophetic Armstrong when, in Beirut, sitting round with colleagues and reporters, all smoking cannabis, was requested “Say, how come you going enjoying for them rattling Jews down in Israel?” Armstrong replied: “Let me inform you one thing. Once I go down there, the very first thing they going to inform me, how come you play for them rattling Arabs over there? Let me inform you one thing, man. That horn”, pointing to his prized instrument, “you see that horn? That horn ain’t prejudiced. A notice’s a notice in any language.”
What’s up with the smoking cannabis half LOL?
It’s reported that Armstrong stayed within the well-known Crimson home in Hamra when he got here to Beirut. The Crimson Home is one in all Ras Beirut’s oldest homes and its most conventional ones. Its development started within the 18th century and accomplished in a while within the 20th century.