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Louis Armstrong

Jazz Trumpeter and Singer

Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performance.… Read More

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1901 Birth Born in 1901.
1907 6 Years Old He later wrote a memoir of his relationship with the Karnofskys titled, Louis Armstrong + the Jewish Family in New Orleans, La., the Year of 1907. … Read More


1918 17 Years Old On March 19, 1918, Louis married Daisy Parker, a prostitute from Gretna, Louisiana. … Read More
1919 18 Years Old In 1919, Joe Oliver decided to go north and resigned his position in Kid Ory's band; Armstrong replaced him. … Read More


1922 21 Years Old In 1922, Armstrong joined the exodus to Chicago, where he had been invited by his mentor, Joe "King" Oliver, to join his Creole Jazz Band and where he could make a sufficient income so that he no longer needed to supplement his music with day labor jobs. … Read More
1923 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Armstrong made his first recordings on the Gennett and Okeh labels (jazz records were starting to boom across the country), including taking some solos and breaks, while playing second cornet in Oliver's band in 1923. … Read More
1924 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Armstrong and Oliver parted amicably in 1924. … Read More
1925 - 1929 3 More Events
1930 29 Years Old Armstrong moved to Los Angeles in 1930 to seek new opportunities. … Read More


1931 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1931, Armstrong appeared in his first movie, Ex-Flame. … Read More
1936 35 Years Old He appeared in movies again, including Crosby's 1936 hit Pennies from Heaven.
1937 36 Years Old In 1937, Armstrong substituted for Rudy Vallee on the CBS radio network and became the first African American to host a sponsored, national broadcast.


1942 - 1943 2 More Events
1947 46 Years Old Following a highly successful small-group jazz concert at New York Town Hall on May 17, 1947, featuring Armstrong with trombonist/singer Jack Teagarden, Armstrong's manager Joe Glaser dissolved the Armstrong big band on August 13, 1947 and established a six-piece small group featuring Armstrong with (initially) Teagarden, Earl Hines and other top swing and dixieland musicians, most of them ex-big band leaders. … Read More
1948 47 Years Old In 1948, he participated in the Nice Jazz Festival, where Suzy Delair sang "C'est si bon", by Henri Betti and André Hornez, for the first time in public.
1950 49 Years Old With the publishers' permission, Armstrong recorded the first American version of "C'est si bon" on June 26, 1950, in New York, with English lyrics by Jerry Seelen. … Read More


1955 54 Years Old …  In a 1955 letter to his manager, Joe Glaser, Armstrong affirmed his belief that Preston's newborn baby was his daughter, and ordered Glaser to pay a monthly allowance of $400 to mother and child. … Read More
1957 56 Years Old The few exceptions made it more effective when he did speak out. Armstrong's criticism of President Eisenhower, calling him "two-faced" and "gutless" because of his inaction during the conflict over school desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 made national news. … Read More


In 1964 his recording of the song "Hello Dolly" went to number one. … Read More
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.
1969 68 Years Old …  In 1969, Armstrong had a cameo role in the film version of Hello, Dolly! as the bandleader, Louis, to which he sang the title song with actress Barbra Streisand. … Read More
1970 69 Years Old Armstrong even appeared on the October 28, 1970, Johnny Cash Show, where he sang Nat King Cole's hit "Rambling Rose" and joined Cash to re-create his performance backing Jimmie Rodgers on "Blue Yodel No. 9". … Read More
Armstrong kept up his busy tour schedule until a few years before his death in 1971. … Read More
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