Louis Armstrong BY Julie

Louis Armstrong, also known as Satchmo, was the leading Jazz trumpeter in a band called the Hot Seven. Born on August 4, 1901, Louis Armstrong inspired millions of musicians during the 1920s. During his early life before becoming an official musician, he worked for a Jewish Family who encouraged him to continue singing and playing music. After shooting his father's shotgun in the air, he was arrested on the spot and started attending Colored Waif's Home for Boys. There, he found his love for music. King Oliver acted as his personal mentor. Louis Armstrong accomplished many things during his career, including being honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, being inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame, and won the "Best Male Vocal Preformance" Grammy Award. Unfortunately, on July 6, 1971, the great jazz trumpeter of the 1920's died after a heart attack.


"Musicians don't retire, they stop when there's no more music in them." ~Louis Armstrong

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