Louis Armstrong, widely considered the single most influential performer in the history of jazz, was born August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1922, moved to Chicago to play second cornet for trumpeter Joe "King" Oliver. Returned to New Orleans, joining the Fletcher Henderson band in 1924. Formed his own band, the Hot Five, in 1925, releasing "West End Blues," a historic milestone of recorded jazz, in 1928. Toured the world with his "All Stars" during the 1940s, 50s and 60s, becoming known as the Ambassador of Jazz. Known to musicians and the public as "Pops" and "Satchmo." Made numerous best-selling recordings including "Mack the Knife," "Hello, Dolly," and "What a Wonderful World." Received many musical and civic awards, an outspoken opponent of racial prejudice. Died on July 6 1971 at his home in Corona, Queens, New York.
Final resting place with photographs of him and the gravesite. Includes interactive tribute section.
Filmography from the Internet Movie Database.
Biography and a history of jazz before 1930. Contains over 1000 songs from the era in Real Audio 3 format.
Tribute to "Pops" features upcoming events, a discussion forum, quotes, awards and honors, merchandise, and free e-mail.
Biography, archives, FAQs, recordings, books, bulletin board.
Stamps from around the world honoring Armstrong.
Inductee biography of Armstrong.
A collector's site featuring the recorded legacy of a premier figure in American jazz.
Label site includes a timeline and soundclips from his recordings for Decca and Verve.
Article with sections on the musician's life, personality, music and legacy, plus quotations by and about him and audio samples.
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