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" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance.… Read More

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1901 Birth Born on August 4, 1901.
1907 5 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 16 Years Old On March 19, 1918, at the age of 16, Louis married Daisy Parker, a prostitute from Gretna, Louisiana. … Read More
1919 17 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 20 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 21 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 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Armstrong and Oliver parted amicably in 1924. … Read More
1925 23 Years Old Armstrong returned to Chicago in 1925 due mostly to the urging of his wife, who wanted to pump up Armstrong's career and income. … Read More
1926 24 Years Old …  He began to scat sing (improvised vocal jazz using nonsensical words) and was among the first to record it, on the Hot Five recording "Heebie Jeebies" in 1926. … Read More
1929 27 Years Old Armstrong returned to New York, in 1929, where he played in the pit orchestra of the successful musical Hot Chocolate, an all-black revue written by Andy Razaf and pianist/composer Fats Waller. … Read More
1930 28 Years Old Armstrong moved to Los Angeles in 1930 to seek new opportunities. … Read More
1931 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1931, Armstrong appeared in his first movie, Ex-Flame and was also convicted of marijuana possession but received a suspended sentence.


1936 34 Years Old He appeared in movies again, including Crosby's 1936 hit Pennies from Heaven.
1937 35 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 40 Years Old 1 More Event
His marriage to his third wife lasted four years, and they divorced in 1942.
1943 - 1947 2 More Events
1948 46 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 48 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 53 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 55 Years Old …  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 67 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
Against his doctor's advice, Armstrong played a two-week engagement in March 1971 at the Waldorf-Astoria's Empire Room. … Read More
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