Today we are learning about one of the most popular jazz musicians in American history—a man who knows all about being at the top of the pop charts!
Here are 10 Louis Armstrong facts for kids who love music.
Louis Daniel Armstrong was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist who became one of the most influential figures in jazz thanks to standards like ‘What a Wonderful World’ and ‘Heebie Jeebies’.
Nicknamed Ambassador Satch, or at times just Satchmo, Armstrong stood against racial segregation, refusing to perform at segregated venues throughout the United States with his big band.
As a famous musician, Armstrong performed with other top stars, including Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, and Bing Crosby.
Let’s learn more fun facts about him!
Louis Armstrong Facts FOR KIDS
- Louis Armstrong was a legendary jazz musician known for his unique style and gravelly voice.
- He was born in New Orleans and had a difficult childhood, working odd jobs.
- The first horn he owned was a cornet, which he bought with money loaned from the Karnofskys, a Jewish family from the neighborhood that treated him as their own child.
- Armstrong had no formal musical training until he was 11 years old and met music teacher Peter Davis at Colored Waif’s Home for Boys, a juvenile detention facility.
- In 1923, he made his first recording with the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band.
- Armstrong’s innovative playing style and iconic renditions like “West End Blues” solidified his fame.
- Louis Armstrong ended The Beatles’ streak of number-one hits at the top of the charts with the song “Hello Dolly”.
- The Hot Five was Louis Armstrong’s first jazz recording band lead under his own name.
- The Royal Family in England was a fan of Armstrong’s popular music! He played at Buckingham Palace on several occasions and was even invited by King George V.
- The Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City, his former home, is designated as a national historic landmark.
- Because of his outspokenness on racial segregation as well as for regularly criticising President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the FBI kept a file on Armstrong.
- Armstrong started to come to the fore as a vocalist after appearing in the band for the musical Hot Chocolates, where he had a cameo singing role.
- Joe Glaser, who had connections to the Mafia, was Armstrong’s manager from the early 1930s until 1969.
- In honor of the Karnoffsky family, whom he lived with for a time and who bought him his first cornet, Armstrong wore a Star of David pendant.
- Both Pope Pius XII and Pope Paul VI met with Armstrong during his career, and it was at New Orleans’s Sacred Heart Jesus Church that he underwent a Catholic Baptism.
- Thanks to his aggressive playing style as well as his use of narrow mouthpieces, severe lip damage was a constant problem for Armstrong. At one point, he was forced to stop playing for a year because of it and used a special salve to help solve the problem.
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