Louis Armstrong
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1901-08-04
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Born in abject poverty in New Orleans, Armstrong became the first great soloist in jazz, and the musician who was the single most powerful influence on the music during its first half century. Abandoned by his father, he was brought ...

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Louis Armstrong
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
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
All of Me
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All of Me All of Me All of Me All of Me
Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven
Potato Head Blues
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Potato Head Blues Potato Head Blues Potato Head Blues Potato Head Blues
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
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What A Wonderful World What A Wonderful World What A Wonderful World What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
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, Trummy Young, Barrett Deems, Dale Jones, Billy Kyle & Edmond Hall
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
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When It's Sleepy Time Down South When It's Sleepy Time Down South When It's Sleepy Time Down South When It's Sleepy Time Down South
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 & Louis Armstrong
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 & Louis Armstrong
The Nearness Of You
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The Nearness Of You The Nearness Of You The Nearness Of You The Nearness Of You
Louis Armstrong
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 & Louis Armstrong
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, Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
Summertime
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Summertime Summertime Summertime Summertime
Louis Armstrong
Cabaret
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Cabaret Cabaret Cabaret Cabaret
Louis Armstrong
St James Infirmary
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St James Infirmary St James Infirmary St James Infirmary St James Infirmary
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
Hello Dolly
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Hello Dolly Hello Dolly Hello Dolly Hello Dolly
Louis Armstrong
High Society Calypso
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High Society Calypso High Society Calypso High Society Calypso High Society Calypso
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
They All Laughed
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They All Laughed They All Laughed They All Laughed They All Laughed
Louis Armstrong
When You're Smiling
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When You're Smiling When You're Smiling When You're Smiling When You're Smiling
Louis Armstrong
I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby
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I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby
Louis Armstrong
Ain't Misbehavin'
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Ain't Misbehavin' Ain't Misbehavin' Ain't Misbehavin' Ain't Misbehavin'
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Biography

Born in abject poverty in New Orleans, Armstrong became the first great soloist in jazz, and the musician who was the single most powerful influence on the music during its first half century. Abandoned by his father, he was brought up by his mother and grandmother in some of the poorest areas of his home town, and he apparently never know his real birth date, preferring to adopt Independence Day 1900 as his birthday.

As a boy, he worked on a coal cart for the Jewish Karnofsky family, working in the Red Light District of New Orleans and developing a musical talent that grew further during his time in the Colored Waifs home, where he spent some of his teenage years. he played cornet in the Waifs' band, and by his late teens had acquired a reputation as a fine brass player with plenty of ideas and natural stamina. His big break came when he was summoned to Chicago in 1922 to join King Oliver's band, with whom he made his first records. His reputation grew when he travelled to New York in 1924 to become a star soloist with Fletcher Henderson.

Back in Chicago, he made a remarkable series of discs with a studio band known as his Hot Five and Hot Seven, in which he developed his bravura solo style, and launched the concept of the improvising jazz soloist. His brilliant, inventive playing became a symbol of the energy and freedom of the 'jazz age' - the riotous pre-Depression America of the Roaring Twenties. By the end of the 1920s, having moved to New York in 1929 to perform in the revue Hot Chocolates, Armstrong became a major star. As a singer, trumpeter and entertainer, he fronted his own big band throughout the 1930s and well into the 1940s, making a string of influential discs that featured his high, powerful trumpeting and his gravelly singing.

He toured to Europe in 1933-4 , leading a big band of local musicians. In 1947 he scaled down to a small group - the All Stars - which he led for the rest of his life, playing an up-to-date brand of the Dixieland jazz of his home town. He also appeared in numerous films, and made several popular vocal records, including Hello Dolly and What a Wonderful World, which introduced him to a vast audience unaware of his musical innovations in the 1920s. When he died he was universally regarded as the father figure of jazz, and loved by the people he had met and encouraged all over the world as 'Ambassador Satch', playing a relentless series of tours and concerts well into his old age.

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