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Louis Armstrong

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Birthday
4, 1901
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Jul 6, 1971 (69)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
4, 1901
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Jul 6, 1971 (69)

About

Father of Jazz who replaced The Beatles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Hello, Dolly!" when he was 63 years old; he was the oldest person at that time to hit the #1 ranking. 

Before Fame

The grandson of slaves, he worked as a paperboy and sold food he salvaged to restaurants. Bunk Johnson taught him how to play by ear when Armstrong was eleven and had dropped out of school. 

Trivia

"Bout Time," a song he wrote in his 60s, was featured in the film Bewitched. 

Family Life

He married Daisy Parker on March 19, 1918 and, after their divorce, he married Lil Armstrong on February 4, 1924. He married Alpha Smith on October 11, 1938, and finally married Lucille Wilson on October 12, 1942. 

Associated With

Bing Crosby was influenced by Armstrong's songs, namely "Lazy River."