Important facts about Louis Armstrong(1900-1971) • Louis Armstrong was born on July 4, 1900 in a back-of-town part of New Orleans. • Armstrong’s first instrument was a cigar box guitar. • Armstrong was arrested and sent to Waif’s Home for a year’s discipline for shooting a gun. • Armstrong married Daisy Parker, his childhood sweetheart. He divorced her later. • Armstrong later married Lilian Harden the piano player and the arranger of the band Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. • Louis Armstrong’s nickname was Satchmo because he had a wide smile. • Armstrong’s band was renamed Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra and they continued to tour for ten years. • A white radio announcer said that he would not tell black people about Louis Armstrong’s concert. This was the first time that he was rejected because of his race. • Louis Armstrong had health problems, but still recorded songs. • Louis Armstrong died at his house in New York, July 6, 1971.
What Was He Well Known For? • Louis Armstrong was well known for many things. The three main things that he was well known for is his raspy voice, his music, and trumpet and cornet playing.
Awards • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award • Male Vocalist Grammy Award • He got his name in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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