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Louis Daniel Armstrong
Transcript of Louis Daniel Armstrong
(Cornetist, Trumpeter, Singer)
1901 - Louis Armstrong is born on August 4th in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mary (Mayann) and William Armstrong.
1912 - Fires a pistol in the street to celebrate New Year’s Eve. A nearby policeman arrests Louis and the next day he is confined to the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys.
1913-1914 - While in the Waif’s Home, Louis receives musical instruction from the band director, Peter Davis, and eventually becomes leader of the Waif’s Home band.
1914-1917 - Joe Oliver, one of the finest trumpet players in New Orleans, becomes Louis’s teacher and mentor. Performs in New Orleans’s honky-tonks with local groups. Delivers coal and sells newspapers to help feed himself, his mother, and his sister.
1918 - Marries Daisy Parker, a prostitute from Gretna, Louisiana.
1922 - Separates from Daisy. Moves to Chicago in August to play second cornet in the band of Joe Oliver, nicknamed ”King“ Oliver.
1924 - Marries Lil Hardin, the pianist in the King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band on February 5th. Moves to New York City in September to join the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra at the Roseland Ballroom.
Performs with Erskine Tate at the Vendome Theatre. Continues to record with the Hot Five (and with the Hot Seven in May, 1927). Performs at the Sunset Café with the Carroll Dickerson Orchestra. Meets Joe Glaser (who will later become Louis’s manager). Briefly leads a band, Louis Armstrong and His Stompers, at the Sunset Café. Records “West End Blues” on June 28, 1928, which is today considered one of the most famous recordings in early jazz. Louis Armstrong other famous Songs “Ain’t Misbehavin’”
“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love.”
“Blue Yodel No. 9” with Jimmie Rodgers (the “Father of Country Music”)
“Memories of You.”
“Mack the Knife”
“What a Wonderful World”
Louis Armstrong passes away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Corona on July 6th,1971. On July 8th more than 30,000 mourners solemnly file past his casket at the Seventh Regiment Armory. A funeral at the modest Corona Congregational Church the next day attracts thousands more than the church can hold. He is buried in Flushing Cemetery in Queens, just a few miles away from his home in Corona.