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Louis Armstrong


Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971) nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
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. With his instantly-recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics).
Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man.

Armstrong was born and brought up in New Orleans, a culturally diverse town with a unique musical mix of creole, ragtime, marching bands, and blues. Although from an early age he was able to play music professionally, he didn't travel far from New Orleans until 1922, when he went to Chicago to join his mentor, King Oliver. Oliver's band played primitive jazz, a hotter style of ragtime, with looser rhythms and more improvisation, and Armstrong's role was mostly backing. Slow to promote himself, he was eventually persuaded by his wife Lil Hardin to leave Oliver, and In 1924 he went to New York to join the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. At the time, there were a few other artists using the rhythmic innovations of the New Orleans style, but none did it with the energy and brilliance of Armstrong, and he quickly became a sensation among New York musicians. Back in Chicago in 1925, he made his first recordings with his own group, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, and these became not only popular hits but also models for the first generation of jazz musicians, trumpeters or otherwise.

Other hits followed through the twenties and thirties, as well as troubles: crooked managers, lip injuries, mob entanglements, failed big-band ventures. As jazz styles changed, though, musical purists never lost any respect for him -- although they were sometimes irritated by his hammy onstage persona. Around the late forties, with the help of a good manager, Armstrong's business affairs finally stablilized, and he began to be seen as an elder statesman of American popular entertainment, appearing in Hollywood films, touring Asia and Europe, and dislodging The Beatles from the number-one position with Hello Dolly". Today many people may know him as a singer (a good one), but as Miles Davis said: “You can’t play nothing on modern trumpet that doesn’t come from him."

The 62-year-old Armstrong became the oldest act to top the US charts when "Hello Dolly" reached #1 in 1964. Four years later Satchmo also became the oldest artist to record a UK #1, when "What a Wonderful World" hit the top spot.



Song lyric What A Wonderful World WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
Song lyric La Vie En Rose LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Mack The Knife MACK THE KNIFE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric A Kiss To Build A Dream On A KISS TO BUILD A DREAM ON Louis Armstrong
Song lyric We Have All The Time In The World WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Blueberry Hill BLUEBERRY HILL Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Dream A Little Dream Of Me DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Louis Armstrong
Song lyric When The Saints Go Marching In WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Ain't Misbehavin' AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Jeepers Creepers JEEPERS CREEPERS Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Cabaret CABARET Louis Armstrong
Song lyric On The Sunny Side Of The Street ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Kiss Of Fire KISS OF FIRE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Go Down Moses GO DOWN MOSES Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Georgia On My Mind GEORGIA ON MY MIND Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Lazy River LAZY RIVER Louis Armstrong
Song lyric A Kiss To Buid A Dream On A KISS TO BUID A DREAM ON Louis Armstrong
Song lyric A Woman Is A Sometime Thing A WOMAN IS A SOMETIME THING Louis Armstrong
Song lyric All Of Me ALL OF ME Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Basin street blues BASIN STREET BLUES Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo BIBBIDI-BOBBIDI-BOO Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Black and blue BLACK AND BLUE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Blue Moon BLUE MOON Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Bye and Bye BYE AND BYE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric C'est si bon C'EST SI BON Louis Armstrong
Song lyric C. Jam Blues C. JAM BLUES Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Can't We Be Friends CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Cheek to Cheek CHEEK TO CHEEK Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Christmas in New Orleans CHRISTMAS IN NEW ORLEANS Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas DING DONG DADDY FROM DUMAS Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me DO NOTHING 'TIL YOU HEAR FROM ME Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Do You Know What It Means DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Don't Get Around Much Anymore DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You GEE, BABY, AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Hello Dolly HELLO DOLLY Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Hello, Dolly HELLO, DOLLY Louis Armstrong
Song lyric I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of This Jelly Roll I AIN'T GONNA GIVE NOBODY NONE OF THIS JELLY ROLL Louis Armstrong
Song lyric I Get Kick out of You I GET KICK OUT OF YOU Louis Armstrong
Song lyric I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES Louis Armstrong
Song lyric I Still Get Jealous I STILL GET JEALOUS Louis Armstrong
Song lyric I've Got the World on a String I'VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Im In The Mood For Love IM IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Isn't This a Lovely Day ISN'T THIS A LOVELY DAY Louis Armstrong
Song lyric It Don't Mean a Thing IT DON'T MEAN A THING Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Just a Closer Walk With Thee JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Kokomo KOKOMO Louis Armstrong
Song lyric La Cucaracha LA CUCARACHA Louis Armstrong
Song lyric La Via En Rose LA VIA EN ROSE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Learnin' the Blues LEARNIN' THE BLUES Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) LET'S DO IT (LET'S FALL IN LOVE) Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Little Girl Blue LITTLE GIRL BLUE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Love Is Here to Stay LOVE IS HERE TO STAY Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Mood Indigo MOOD INDIGO Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Saint James Infirmary SAINT JAMES INFIRMARY Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Saint Louis Blues SAINT LOUIS BLUES Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Solitude SOLITUDE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Someday SOMEDAY Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Song Of The Islands SONG OF THE ISLANDS Louis Armstrong
Song lyric St. James Infirmary ST. JAMES INFIRMARY Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Summertime (with Ella Fitzgerald) SUMMERTIME (WITH ELLA FITZGERALD) Louis Armstrong
Song lyric The Home Fire THE HOME FIRE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric We'll Be Together Again WE'LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN Louis Armstrong
Song lyric What a Wondeful World WHAT A WONDEFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
Song lyric What a Wonderful World 
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
Song lyric What a Wonderfull World WHAT A WONDERFULL WORLD Louis Armstrong
Song lyric When You're Smiling WHEN YOU'RE SMILING Louis Armstrong
Song lyric When Your Lover Has Gone WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE Louis Armstrong
Song lyric When Your Smiling WHEN YOUR SMILING Louis Armstrong
Song lyric Willow Weep For Me WILLOW WEEP FOR ME Louis Armstrong
Song lyric You Are My Lucky Star YOU ARE MY LUCKY STAR Louis Armstrong
Song lyric You Can't Lose a Broken Heart YOU CAN'T LOSE A BROKEN HEART Louis Armstrong
Song lyric You Don't Learn That in School YOU DON'T LEARN THAT IN SCHOOL Louis Armstrong
Song lyric You Turned the Tables on Me YOU TURNED THE TABLES ON ME Louis Armstrong
Song lyric You're the Top YOU'RE THE TOP Louis Armstrong
Song lyric just a gigolo  (recorded '31) JUST A GIGOLO (RECORDED '31) louis armstrong