Louis Armstrong

Trumpet Artist of The 1920's

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Louis Armstrong's History

Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans. His father was a factory worker who abandoned the family short after Armstrong's birth. Armstrong left school during fifth grade to find work. On New Years Eve in 1912, Armstrong fired a gun into the air and was arrested almost immediately. He was sent to the Colored Waifs Home for Boys where he was taught how to play music and he soon fell in love with the Cornet. Louis Armstrong continued to play the Cornet and Trumpet his whole life and joined several bands. He died on July 6, 1971.

Armstrong's Commitment to Culture

Louis Armstrong became one of the first African American musicians to write an autobiography: Swing That Music. He was also one of the first African Americans to star in a major Hollywood movie. His legacy went on to inspire many other musicians in the future and his music brought a unique part to American Culture that could only be brought by an African American.
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (Lyrics)
The above video is Louis Armstrong's song: What a Wonderful World. This song is important because because it is probably one of Louis Armstrong's most well known songs and it depicts all of the good things that he sees in our world. This song reminds you that there are plenty more good things to be thankful for than negative things. Armstrong takes a moment to ignore all of the bad and just focus on the good things like, flowers, trees, children, love, and so many other special things.