39 Facts About Louis Armstrong

1. Louis Armstrong was born into a poor African American family in New Orleans on July 4, 1900.

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2. Louis Armstrong adopted "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" as his theme song and the lyrics are filled with racial.

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3. Louis Armstrong was an important early innovator of early New Orleans jazz.

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4. Louis Armstrong was a superstar, long before Andy Warhol popularised the phrase.

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5. The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Louis Armstrong declined to comment on the.

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6. In 1999 Louis Armstrong was nominated for inclusion in the American Film Institute's 100 Years.

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7. Louis Armstrong was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

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8. Louis Armstrong was the first African American to host a nationally broadcast radio show in the 1930s.

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9. Louis Armstrong appeared in more than a dozen Hollywood films, usually playing a bandleader or musician.

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10. Louis Armstrong was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an early influence.

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11. Louis Armstrong enjoyed many types of music, from blues to the arrangements of Guy Lombardo, to Latin American folksongs, to classical symphonies and opera.

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12. Louis Armstrong appeared on the October 28, 1970, Johnny Cash Show, where he sang Nat King Cole's hit "Ramblin' Rose" and joined Cash to re-create his performance backing Jimmie Rodgers on "Blue Yodel No 9".

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13. In 1968, Louis Armstrong scored one last popular hit in the United Kingdom with "What a Wonderful World", which topped the British charts for a month.

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14. Louis Armstrong performed in Italy at the 1968 Sanremo Music Festival where he sang "Mi Va di Cantare" alongside his friend, the Eritrean-born Italian singer Lara Saint Paul.

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15. In his early years, Louis Armstrong was best known for his virtuosity with the cornet and trumpet.

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16. Louis Armstrong was not, as is often claimed, a Freemason.

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17. When asked about his religion, Louis Armstrong answered that he was raised a Baptist, always wore a Star of David, and was friends with the pope.

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18. Louis Armstrong was largely accepted into white society, both on stage and off, a privilege reserved for very few African-American public figures at the time.

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19. Louis Armstrong was performing at the Brick House in Gretna, Louisiana when he met Daisy Parker, a local prostitute.

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20. Louis Armstrong made his last recorded trumpet performances on his 1968 album Disney Songs the Satchmo Way.

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21. Louis Armstrong enjoyed the song and he recorded the American version in New York City on June 26, 1950.

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22. In 1931, Louis Armstrong appeared in his first movie, Ex-Flame and was convicted of marijuana possession but received a suspended sentence.

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23. Louis Armstrong moved to Los Angeles in 1930 to seek new opportunities.

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24. Louis Armstrong had considerable success with vocal recordings, including versions of famous songs composed by his old friend Hoagy Carmichael.

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25. Louis Armstrong started to work at Connie's Inn in Harlem, chief rival to the Cotton Club, a venue for elaborately staged floor shows, and a front for gangster Dutch Schultz.

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26. Louis Armstrong returned to New York in 1929, where he played in the pit orchestra for the musical Hot Chocolates, an all-black revue written by Andy Razaf and pianist Fats Waller.

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27. Louis Armstrong played with Erskine Tate's Little Symphony, which played mostly at the Vendome Theatre.

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28. Louis Armstrong was now free to develop his personal style as he wished, which included a heavy dose of effervescent jive, such as "Whip That Thing, Miss Lil" and "Mr Johnny Dodds, Aw, Do That Clarinet, Boy!".

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29. In 1925, Louis Armstrong returned to Chicago largely at the insistence of Lil, who wanted to expand his career and his income.

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30. Louis Armstrong adapted to the tightly controlled style of Henderson, playing trumpet and experimenting with the trombone.

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31. Louis Armstrong lived luxuriously in his own apartment with his first private bath.

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32. Louis Armstrong described his time with Marable as "going to the University", since it gave him a wider experience working with written arrangements.

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33. Louis Armstrong played in brass bands and riverboats in New Orleans, first on an excursion boat in September 1918.

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34. On June 14, 1914, Louis Armstrong was released into the custody of his father and his new stepmother, Gertrude.

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35. With this band, the thirteen year-old Louis Armstrong attracted the attention of Kid Ory.

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36. Louis Armstrong developed his cornet skills by playing in the band.

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37. Louis Armstrong joined a quartet of boys who sang in the streets for money.

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38. Louis Armstrong often stated that he was born on July 4, 1900.

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39. Louis Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", that is, whose skin color became secondary to his music in an America that was extremely racially divided at the time.

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