New Orleans, LA, USA
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New York, NY, USA
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Dixieland, Early Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal, Swing, Traditional Pop, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz
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Trumpet, Leader, Vocals, Cornet
Soundtrack, Actor/Actress, Composer
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Louis Daniel 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" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music`s focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. With his distinctive 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 greatly skilled at scat singing, or vocalizing using syllables instead of actual lyrics. Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and deep, instantly recognizable 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. Critic Steve Leggett described Armstrong as "perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century." Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, once proclaimed that "Louis Armstrong was probably the greatest musician that ever lived...one note implies that if he wanted to he could play ten billion notes, but just one simple note is a beautiful thing."
Armstrong died just after a heart attack on July 6, 1971, a month before his 70th birthday, and 11 months after playing a famous show at the Waldorf-Astoria`s Empire Room. He was residing in Corona, Queens, New York City, at the time of his death. He was interred in Flushing Cemetery, Flushing, in Queens, New York City. His honorary pallbearers included Governor Rockefeller, Mayor Lindsay, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Guy Lombardo, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Harry James, Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, Earl Wilson, Alan King, Johnny Carson, David Frost, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett and Bobby Hackett. Peggy Lee sang The Lord`s Prayer at the services while Al Hibbler sang Nobody Knows The Trouble I`ve Seen and Fred Robbins, a long time friend, gave the eulogy.
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Louis Daniel Armstrong
Bing Crosby, Charlie Shavers, Johnny Mercer
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Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 â€“ July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an African American jazz trumpeter, composer and singer who became one of the pivotal and most influential figures in jazz music. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in jazz.
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Dixieland, Jazz, Swing, Traditional Pop, Scat
Trumpet, Cornet, Vocals
Joe "King" Oliver, Ella Fitzgerald, Kid Ory, Jack Teagarden
(1964) TV commercial: "Suzie Cute" doll (Topper Toys), TV commercial: Sainsbury's supermarket (song used: "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket"), TV commercial: Levi 501 jeans (song used: "What a Wonderful World")
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