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Louis Armstrong (I) (1901–1971)

Louis Armstrong grew up poor in a single-parent household. He was 13 when he celebrated the New Year by running out on the street and firing a pistol that belonged to the current man in his mother's life. At the Colored Waifs Home for Boys, he learned to play the bugle and the clarinet and joined the home's brass band. They played at socials, ... See full bio »

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Other Works:

CD: "More Greatest Hits" (RCA) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 16 Print Biographies | 6 Portrayals | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Satchmo | Louis Armstrong's Hot Seven


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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What is jazz? Man, if you have to ask you'll never know. See more »


For most of his life, Louis Armstrong always gave July 4, 1900, as his birthdate, possibly because it was easy to remember. In all likelihood, he probably believed it himself. It wasn't until many years after his death that a birth record was found confirming the correct date as August 4, 1901. See more »


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