Louis Armstrong
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1901-08-04
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Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and one of the pivotal and most influential figures in jazz music. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and ...

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Biography

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and one of the pivotal and most influential figures in jazz music.

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What A Wonderful World
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What A Wonderful World What A Wonderful World What A Wonderful World What A Wonderful World
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Stormy Weather
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Stormy Weather Stormy Weather Stormy Weather Stormy Weather
Ella Fitzgerald
They All Laughed
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They All Laughed They All Laughed They All Laughed They All Laughed
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It Don’t Mean A Thing
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It Don’t Mean A Thing It Don’t Mean A Thing It Don’t Mean A Thing It Don’t Mean A Thing
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When The Saints Go Marching In
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When The Saints Go Marching In When The Saints Go Marching In When The Saints Go Marching In When The Saints Go Marching In
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A Kiss To Build A Dream On
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A Kiss To Build A Dream On A Kiss To Build A Dream On A Kiss To Build A Dream On A Kiss To Build A Dream On
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It Don't Mean A Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)
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It Don't Mean A Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing) It Don't Mean A Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing) It Don't Mean A Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing) It Don't Mean A Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)
Louis Armstrong
Jeepers Creepers (1964 Version)
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Jeepers Creepers (1964 Version) Jeepers Creepers (1964 Version) Jeepers Creepers (1964 Version) Jeepers Creepers (1964 Version)
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I’ve Got The World On A String
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I’ve Got The World On A String I’ve Got The World On A String I’ve Got The World On A String I’ve Got The World On A String
Louis Armstrong
On A Coconut Island
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On A Coconut Island On A Coconut Island On A Coconut Island On A Coconut Island
Ella Fitzgerald
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
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Dream A Little Dream Of Me Dream A Little Dream Of Me Dream A Little Dream Of Me Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Ella Fitzgerald
The Nearness Of You
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The Nearness Of You The Nearness Of You The Nearness Of You The Nearness Of You
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La Vie En Rose
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La Vie En Rose La Vie En Rose La Vie En Rose La Vie En Rose
Bing Crosby
Now You Has Jazz
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Now You Has Jazz Now You Has Jazz Now You Has Jazz Now You Has Jazz
George Gershwin
Summertime
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Summertime Summertime Summertime Summertime
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Cabaret
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Cabaret Cabaret Cabaret Cabaret
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Biography

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and one of the pivotal and most influential figures in jazz music.

Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognisable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing (vocalising using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics).

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was extremely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicised his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for black men.

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