Louis Armstrong Overview:

Legendary actor, Louis Armstrong, was born Louis Daniel Armstrong on Aug 4, 1901 in New Orleans, LA. Armstrong died at the age of 69 on Jul 6, 1971 in New York City, NY .


Enormously popular and beloved, flat-faced, brow-mopping, beaming black American jazz trumpeter whose relatively few film appearances still managed to convey the obvious pleasure he gained both from playing music and clowning around. There were also memorable vocal duets with such Hollywood stars as Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Known worldwide as Satchmo. Died from heart failure.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Recording. Armstrong was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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The Trumpeter: Give a man money and watch him act funny.

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Charter inductee of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1978.

Although his career as a recording artist dates back to the 1920s, when he made now-classic recordings with Joe 'King' Oliver, Bessie Smith and the legendary Jimmie Rodgers, as well as his own Hot Five and Hot Seven groups, his biggest hits as a recording artist came comparatively late in his life: "Mack the Knife" (1956), "Hello, Dolly!" (a #1 hit in 1964), "What a Wonderful World" (1968) and "We Have All The Time In The World" (over 20 years after his death).

Interestingly enough, Armstrong had never heard of either the song or show "Hello, Dolly!" when he recorded it. To him, it was just the lead song on an album of show tunes, and he was more surprised than anyone when both the single and the album (Kapp 1964) went to #1 on the Billboard charts. What makes this accomplishment all the more remarkable is that it happened at the height of the so-called "British Invasion", when The Beatles and other British rock groups seemed to be dominating every aspect of the pop music charts. Armstrong later repeated his hit in the show's film version (Hello, Dolly! (1969)), singing it to Barbra Streisand.

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