Louis Armstrong

By: Timothy Petrenko

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Background Information

Louis Armstrong is widely known for his talent in the music world. He was an amazing musician and many people loved how he played his trumpet. He had other talents other than just being a musician. He was also a soloist, bandleader, singer, comedian, and a film star. Throughout his life he has accomplished many achievements and he gained a very large audience. He is known for many songs that he composed including "Star Dust," "What a Wonderful World," and "La Via En Rose."

  • Louis Armstrong was a musician that played the trumpet. He was born on August 4, 1901 and he died in July 6, 1971.

Struggles That He Faced During His Lifetime

  • His father left his family when he was a child.
  • Many critics gave the most racist and harsh reviews on his life.
  • He got into trouble with the cops because he shot a fake gun.

Adjectives That Describe Him

  • Talented
  • Influential
  • Passionate

Louis Armstrong affected the world by influencing jazz and proving that you can succeed even with racism in the world.

Interesting Facts

  • His tough childhood made him dropout of school.
  • He was arrested at 11 years old.
  • Louis Armstrong adopted his cousin's child.
  • In three years he recorded 60 of the most influential jazz records in history.
  • He joined King Oliver's band in Chicago.
  • Louis Armstrong was the first African American musician to write an autobiography.