Legal name: Louis Daniel Armstrong

Wikipedia

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed "Satchmo", "Satch", and "Pops", was an American trumpeter and vocalist who was among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades and different eras in the history of jazz.

Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. Around 1922, he followed his mentor, Joe "King" Oliver, to Chicago to play in the Creole Jazz Band. In Chicago, he spent time with other popular jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend Bix Beiderbecke and spending time with Hoagy Carmichael and Lil Hardin. He earned a reputation at "cutting contests" and his fame reached band leader Fletcher Henderson. Henderson persuaded Armstrong to come to New York City, where he became a featured and musically influential band soloist and recording artist. Hardin became Armstrong's second wife and they returned to Chicago to play together and then he began to form his own "Hot" jazz bands. After years of touring, he settled in Queens, and by the 1950s, he was a national musical icon, assisted in part, by his appearances on radio and in film and television, in addition to his concerts.

With his instantly recognizable rich, gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer and skillful improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song. He was also skilled at scat singing. Armstrong is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice as well as his trumpet playing. By the end of Armstrong's life, his influence had spread to popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first popular African-American entertainers to "cross over" to wide popularity with white (and international) audiences. He rarely publicly politicized his race, to the dismay of fellow African Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock crisis. He was able to access the upper echelons of American society at a time when this was difficult for black men.

Armstrong appeared in films such as High Society (1956) alongside Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, and Hello, Dolly! (1969) starring Barbra Streisand. He received many accolades including three Grammy Award nominations and a win for his vocal performance of Hello, Dolly! in 1964. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1954Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. HandyLouis Armstrong411
1955Satch Plays Fats: A Tribute to the Immortal Fats WallerLouis Armstrong59
1956Ella and Louis (1956 studio album)Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong3.816
1957Porgy & BessElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong11
1957Ella and Louis AgainElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong46
1957Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar PetersonLouis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson6
1958Louis and the Good BookLouis Armstrong58
1958Louis Under the StarsLouis Armstrong3
1960I’ve Got the World on a StringLouis Armstrong with Russell Garcia and His Orchestra2
1960Louie and the Dukes of DixielandLouis Armstrong & The Dukes of Dixieland2
1961Recording Together for the First TimeLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington2
1963The Great ReunionLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3
1964Hello, Dolly!Louis Armstrong6
1966LouisLouis Armstrong1
1966Satchmo Sings EvergreensLouis Armstrong2
1968Disney Songs the Satchmo WayLouis Armstrong5
1968What a Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong12
1970Louis ‘Country & Western’ ArmstrongLouis ‘Country & Western’ Armstrong1
1970Louis Armstrong and His FriendsLouis Armstrong7
1970The Definitive Album By Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong1
1985Singin' n' Playin'Louis Armstrong2
1988What a Wonderful World & All Other Greatest SongsLouis Armstrong1
1990The Sullivan YearsLouis Armstrong1
1991An American SongbookLouis Armstrong1
1991Rhythm Saved the WorldLouis Armstrong41
1992SugarLouis Armstrong1
1993Hello DollyLouis Armstrong1
1994Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong1
1995Take it Satch!Louis Armstrong1
1996Louis Armstrong meets Duke EllingtonLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington1
1997High ProfileLouis Armstrong1
1999Blues for YesterdayLouis Armstrong1
1999Oh Didn't He RambleLouis Armstrong1
2000The Great Summit: The Master TakesLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3
2000A PortraitLouis Armstrong1
2000Ain't Misbehavin'Louis Armstrong1
2000I Got the RhythmLouis Armstrong1
2000The Making of the Great SummitLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington1
2001Louis and the AngelsLouis Armstrong1
2001Satchmo in StyleLouis Armstrong1
2001Vocal JazzLouis Armstrong1
2004Bourbon St. ParadeLouis Armstrong & The Dukes of Dixieland1
2004Limehouse BluesLouis Armstrong & The Dukes of Dixieland1
2004Il Grande JazzLouis Armstrong1
2005Hello DollyLouis Armstrong1
2006The Love SongsLouis Armstrong1
2008Christmas Together with Ella & LouisElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong1
2009Live in JapanLouis Armstrong1
2009Bing & SatchmoBing Crosby & Louis Armstrong3
2009Louis Armstrong Christmas CollectionLouis Armstrong1
2013Die Zeit - Legenden des JazzLouis Armstrong1
2013Ella and LouisElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong1
2014Jazz BiographyLouis Armstrong1
2014Satchmo! A Musical Autobiography of Louis Armstrong, Vol. 1Louis Armstrong1
2016Ella & Louis ChristmasElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong1
2020Work From Home with Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong1
Armstrong Louis!Louis Armstrong1
Big Daddy BluesLouis Armstrong1
Bing & LouisBing Crosby & Louis Armstrong2
Blueberry HillLouis Armstrong1
Body & SoulLouis Armstrong1
Havin' More Fun!Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong1
La Vie En RoseLouis Armstrong1
Masters of JazzLouis Armstrong1
What a Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong1
When the Saints Go Marching InLouis Armstrong1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1951The Louis Armstrong Story, Volume III: Louis Armstrong and Earl HinesLouis Armstrong And Earl Hines1
1951The Louis Armstrong Story, Volume IV: Louis Armstrong FavoritesLouis Armstrong1
1965Louis Armstrong: 1923-1927Louis Armstrong1
1966Ella & LouisElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong1
1968The One And OnlyLouis Armstrong1
1968V.S.O.P (Very Special Old Phonography) Vol. 6Louis Armstrong1
1968V.S.O.P. (Very Special Old Phonography) Vol 1Louis Armstrong1
1971July 4, 1900 - July 6 1971Louis Armstrong2
1971The Genius of Louis Armstrong Volume 1: 1923-1933Louis Armstrong1
1972Adam and Eve Had the BluesLouis Armstrong1
1972Armstrong For EverLouis Armstrong1
1972The Best Of Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong1
1972The Louis Armstrong SagaLouis Armstrong2
1973Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong1
1974Mostly BluesLouis Armstrong1
1974V.S.O.P. Vol. 1/2Louis Armstrong1
1974V.S.O.P. Vol. 3/4Louis Armstrong1
1974V.S.O.P. Vol. 5/6Louis Armstrong1
1974V.S.O.P. Vol. 7/8Louis Armstrong1
197520 Golden HitsLouis Armstrong1
1980Giants of Jazz: Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong1
1984The Silver CollectionLouis Armstrong1
1984From the Big Band to the All Stars (1946-1956)Louis Armstrong2
1985Great Original Performances 1923-1931Louis Armstrong2
1985Satchmo '85Louis Armstrong51
19861 heure avec Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong1
19871928-1931Louis Armstrong1
1987Cheek to CheekElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong1
1987Great Original Live PerformancesLouis Armstrong1
1987Louis & The Big Bands: 1928-30Louis Armstrong1
1987Louis Armstrong: Jazz CollectionLouis Armstrong2
1987PopsLouis Armstrong1
1987Pops: The 1940s Small-Band SidesLouis Armstrong1
1987SatchmoLouis Armstrong2

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