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Joey Ramone Sings Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong and Joey Ramone (pictured left) were both the first great exponents of what would later prove to be enduring musics – jazz and punk, respectively, of course. But their musics would seem to complement each other in the same way that Tabasco sauce complements ice cream – in short, not at all. Nevertheless, before his death Joey Ramone figured out the way, and his cover version of “What A Wonderful World” will appear as a single from his last CD, to be released posthumously this February.

Ramone had been working on the album for several years before he died last April from lymphatic cancer, and apparently he had been taking his art to strangely comforting old places as he neared death. Ramone will undoubtedly look down with amusement from whatever punk Valhalla he ascended to as he sees our reaction to his take on Armstrong’s incomparably golden-toned original.

The album is called Don’t You Worry About Me, which gives it the most unintended album-title irony since The Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous album Life After Death. It will be in stores on Feb. 19.

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