Armstrong drummer Danny Barcelona dies


SAN GABRIEL, Calif. -- Drummer Danny Barcelona, who traveled the world with Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars and played on such Armstrong recordings as "Hello, Dolly," has died. He was 77.

Barcelona, who was born in Hawaii and was affectionately called "the little Hawaiian boy" by Armstrong, died of cancer April 1 in a nursing facility near the Monterey Park home he shared with his wife of 50 years, his daughter Dana Barcelona-Bonner said.

In the early 1950s, Barcelona started his own sextet, the Hawaiian Dixieland All Stars, which toured the Hawaiian Islands and Japan. During those years, he met his wife Dee, who was performing at a Waikiki hotel with her two sisters as the musical trio the Morgan Sisters.

Barcelona, who joined Armstrong's All-Stars in 1958 and traveled worldwide with the band, played on more than 130 recording sessions and soundtracks with Armstrong, including his hits "Hello, Dolly" and "What a Wonderful World."

The band broke up after Armstrong's death in 1971. Barcelona then became a fixture at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, playing with the Bernie Halmann Group. He moved to Monterey Park in 1979.

In addition to his wife and daughter Dana, Barcelona leaves a second daughter Jodi Barcelona; his brother Jose "Sonny" Barcelona; five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Funeral arrangements weren't disclosed.