(Merle Hunter/Stars and Stripes)

Frankfurt, Germany, Oct. 27, 1955: Jazz musician Louis Armstrong smiles at the camera as he arrives at Frankfurt Rhein-Main airport. The world-famous trumpet and cornet player and scat singer performed at Frankfurt’s Congress Hall that evening with his latest collection of “All Stars.” The Frankfurt stopover was the next to last for the jazz ensemble. Berlin was last on the 12-city tour. Satchmo and his crew played two nights there.

June is African American Music Appreciation month and Stars and Stripes has covered stars touring Europe and the Pacific on the regular since the late 1940s. Check out Stars and Stripes’ historic newspaper archive to find interviews, concert reviews and more. We have digitized our 1948-1999 European and Pacific editions, as well as several of our WWII editions and made them available online through

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