- Born August, 4th 1901
- Grandson of slaves
- Father left him after birth
- Worked as a coalman
- Arrested at age 11 and sent to foster care
"We all do 'do re mi' but you have got to find the other notes yourself." -Louis Armstrong
- If Louis Armstrong was raised in any other time period, such as the 1800's, he would have been significantly less successful. He was fortunate enough to have been born into a city of a free black community but in the 1800's that community was not as prevalent and slave trade was a huge market. Armstrong could have easily been a slave or would have been a rejected musician because of his race. He was also fortunate enough to have been born in an era where jazz was the big thing and the only way for the white population to learn jazz was through the black musicians. If he had been born in the 1800's, his music would have been greatly under appreciated and he probably would not be known today.
- If I had Armstrong's skill and lived in the 1800's, I honestly don't think a successful career would have been in the picture. Music was not an important aspect of the Reconstruction era. Thankfully, Armstrong was born in the right place at the right time.
- Died July 4, 1971, a month before his 70th birthday
- Doctor advised him not to play in the two-week gig he had been invited to
- Gig resulted in a heart attack
- After being released from the hospital he had another heart attack and passed in his sleep
- Famous musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Earl Wilson, etc. carried his casket at his funeral
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