Louis Armstrong

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Louis Armstrong

Born

8/4/1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Died

7/6/1971

Birth Name

Louis Daniel Armstrong

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Satchmo
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Louis Armstrong was the first important soloist to emerge in jazz, and he became the most influential musician in the music's history. As a trumpet virtuoso, his playing, beginning with the 1920s studio recordings made with his Hot Five and Hot Seven ensembles, charted a future for jazz…more

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  • Trivia

    • Louis's "West End Blues" was one of the first five records elected to the Recording Academy's Hall of Fame.

    • While in England, Louis earned the nickname "Satchmo", which was short for the term "satchelmouth." "Satchelmouth" is described as the extent in which his cheeks would puff out when he used his trumpet.

    • Louis was considered a jazz "ambassador" when he toured internationally. He was considered a hero in Ghana by its natives. He also performed a couple times for the British royal family.

    • Louis made his very first recordings for his music idol, Joe "King" Oliver.

    • When Louis was 13 years old, he fired a pistol in celebration of New Years Eve. Because of this, the authorities punished him by sending him to the Negro Waif's Home. This action proved somewhat beneficial to Louis as the home had a bandmaster who took a liking to Louis's talents and taught him how to play the bugle.

    • Louis Armstrong's parents were Mary (Mayann) and William Armstrong.

    • Louis was only 16 when he married Daisy Parker.

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