Louis ArmstrongJazz | 2008
Born in 1901 in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong was an all-star virtuoso who came to prominence in the 1920s and would go on to influence countless musicians with his daring trumpet style and unique vocals. His “scat” singing transformed vocal tradition—Armstrong used his horn like a singer’s voice and his voice like a musical instrument. (Louis’s nickname Satchmo was an abbreviation of “satchelmouth,” a playful dig on the size of his mouth.) Armstrong’s charismatic stage presence impressed not only the jazz world but all of popular music. He is best known for songs such as “Star Dust,” “La Vie En Rose,” and “What a Wonderful World.” Armstrong lived in Queens, New York, with his wife, Lucille Wilson, from 1943 until his death in 1971. Wilson gave ownership of the home to the city of New York in order to create a museum, The Louis Armstrong House, focused on her husband.