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Louis Armstrong

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Transcript of Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong Personal Life Born August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Had a difficult childhood
First performed in St. Louis
Married 4 times
He adopted his cousin's son
Died July 6, 1971 in Queens New York Famous Works Some of Louis' most famous works include: "What a Wonderful World" and "Hello, Dolly"
His duet with Ella Fitzgerald,"Porgy And Bess", was one of the most popular duets of the 1950's
Some of his other songs include "Didn't he Ramble","La Vie en Rose", and "Mack The Knife". What a Wonderful World Involvement In Harlem Renaissance Contribution to Black Culture The black community did not think Armstrong was living up to their expectations at the time.
He played for segregated audiences.
He did not take a stand in the civil rights movement. "The Day Louis Armstrong Made Noise"
Little Rock, Arkansas: Memorial based on the events in Grand Forks 55 years ago contributions to the world He became known as the king of jazz.
He popularized a rhythmic approach in improvising that became known as jazz swing. Hello Dolly! Mack the Knife A Kiss to Build a Dream on Sittin' in the Sun Armstrong is born August 4, 1901 New Orleans, LA Had a rough childhood Father left soon after Louis' birth Brought up by single mother and grandmother Dropped out of school Fired a gun at a party Bad Childhood Sent to reform school Dec. 31, 1912 Released from reform school Jun. 16, 1914 In reform school... Armstrong learned to play the bugle and the cornet... ...and so began his music career. Replaced Joe Oliver in the Kid Ory Band June,1918 Joined Fate Marable band 1919 - 1921 First recording with Joe Oliver's band Spring 1923 Married Oliver band's pianist, Lillian Harden Feb 5, 1924 Several years of touring 1932 - 1970 Fatal heart ailment July 6, 1971 perspective on Armstrong Overall View: White Community: Different
perspectives Black Community: "He's not doing enough" "What fantastic music!" "His music is great but shouldn't he be doing something about civil rights?"
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