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.
Louis Armstrong: What is jazz? Man, if you have to ask you'll never know.
Louis Armstrong: If it wasn't for jazz, there wouldn't be no rock and roll.
Louis Armstrong: All music is folk music. I ain't never heard no horse sing a song.