Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on 4 August, 1901, Louis Armstrong was one of the most skillful and masterful trumpet players in the world. He played an important role in the development of jazz, one of the twentieth century’s most impressive new styles of music. With his energetic and dazzling style, he managed to influence many generations of music. Also, Louis Armstrong is well known for his gravelly singing voice and he appeared in more than twelve films and wrote two autobiographies.
In his childhood, by the age of eight, Louis Armstrong decided to make his own money and started to sing on the street with a group of friends. He also sold vegetables and newspapers. His nickname from the street band was “Satchelmouth”. After he earned enough money to buy a cornet, which is musical instrument similar to a trumpet, he learned by himself how to play. At the age of twelve, he decided to quick school and tried to earn more money for his family.
After a while, Louis Armstrong became friends with Joe “King” Oliver, who was a leading cornet player. He taught Armstrong cornet lessons, who quickly managed to develop his own style. For further experience, Joe Oliver invited Armstrong to fill in for him at parades, gigs and funeral marches. Later, in 1918, he became well known on the New Orleans music circuit and played at multiple venues and parades. Years later, Louis Armstrong decided to switch from cornet to trumpet, due to the brighter sound of the trumpet.
Louis Armstrong played five decades without a number one song, but in 1964, he made it to the top of charts with “Hello Dolly”, a theme song for the Broadway. His song managed to rank better than the Beatles and held the first spot for 15 consecutive weeks.
A complex artist, Louis Armstrong still has millions of fans all around the world. What is your favorite song from Louis Armstrong?
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