Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton – A Song Is Born

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A Song Is Born (also known as That’s Life) is a 1948 Technicolor musical film remake of the 1941 movie Ball of Fire with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. It was directed by Howard Hawks. Based on the Story “From A to Z” by Billy Wilder and Thomas Monroe. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn and released by RKO Radio Pictures.

Filmed in Technicolor, it featured a stellar supporting cast of musical legends, including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman (with Al Hendrickson as cameo), Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Carter. Other notable musicians playing themselves in the cast include Charlie Barnet (with Harry Babasin as cameo), Mel Powell, Louis Bellson, The Golden Gate Quartet, Russo and the Samba Kings, The Page Cavanaugh Trio, and Buck and Bubbles.


Louis Armstrong – trumpet, vocals

Benny Goodman – clarinet

Tommy Dorsey – trombone

Lionel Hampton – vibraphone

Charlie Barnet – tenor saxophone

Golden Gate Quartet – vocals

Louis Bellson – drums


Released: 1948