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Louis Armstrong
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Background information
BornAugust 4, 1901
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedJuly 6, 1971(1971-07-06) (aged 69)
Corona, Queens, New York City, U.S.
GenresDixieland, jazz, swing, traditional pop
Instrumentstrumpet, cornet, vocals
Years activec. 1914–1971
Associated actsJoe "King" Oliver, Ella Fitzgerald, Kid Ory

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) nicknamed Satchmo or Pops was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He sang the blues and played the trumpet and the cornet. He was famous in many countries. He was also known for his good singing voice. Armstrong won many awards during his career.

Louis had a very famous raspy voice that was instantly recognizable even when he would just be talking. One of his most famous songs is "What a Wonderful World". Although widely know as "Louis" he pronounced his own name as "Lewis." In the song "Heebie Jeebies," which was a 1926 song released by Armstrong and his band, Louis sang a series of nonsensical horn-like sounds. Music historians recognize this as the first popular scat song ever recorded. Armstrong later wrote that he accidently dropped his lyrics and just made things up by singing scat.[1]

He died of a heart attack in July 6, 1971 in Corona, Queens, New York City. [2]


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