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->''"He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way."''
-->--'''Music/DukeEllington'''

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong (August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971) was a massively influential {{Jazz}} musician. Born in New Orleans, he learned how to play the trumpet and cornet, and engaged in a fifty-year career in jazz. He is considered the {{Trope Codifier}} for many basic elements of jazz, including improvisation and {{scat singing}}.

Nowadays, his most well-known contribution to pop culture is the song "What A Wonderful World", which is frequently used for {{Soundtrack Dissonance}}.

He was the first African American to host a nationally broadcast radio show in the [[TheThirties 1930s]]. He's also had several film appearances such as ''Film/HighSociety'' and the film version of ''Theatre/HelloDolly'', and a few where he played himself: ''New Orleans'', ''The Five Pennies'' and ''Film/ASongIsBorn''.

Note that although he's commonly known these days as ''Louie'' Armstrong, most jazz aficionados are careful to pronounce his first name "Lewis". This can be SeriousBusiness among those who see the "Louie" nickname as cartoonish and disrespectful - as did Armstrong himself.

[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with]] [[Manga/FullMetalAlchemist the muscle-bound Strong-Arm Alchemist whose skills were]] ''[[MemeticMutation passed down through the Armstrong line for generations!!]]''

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!!Songs Of note:

* ''West End Blues''
* ''Struttin' With Some Barbecue''
* ''Stardust''
* ''What A Wonderful World''
* ''When The Saints Go Marching In''
* ''Dream A Little Dream Of Me''
* ''Ain't Misbehavin'''
* ''Stompin' At The Savoy''
* ''(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue''
* ''[[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService We Have All The Time In The World]]''
* ''Hello, Dolly!''
* ''Heebie Jeebies''
* ''St. James Infirmary''
* ''Mack the Knife''

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!!Albums Of note:

* ''Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy''
* ''Ella And Louis''
* ''Porgy And Bess''
* ''Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson''
* ''The Real Ambassadors''
* ''Struttin''' (posthumous)
* ''The Complete Hot 5 and Hot 7 Recordings''

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!!Tropes found in his music include:
* BigBand: Although he preferred to play in smaller groups, he was one of the big band leaders of the 1940s.
* BlackSheepHit: ''What A Wonderful World''.
* ConceptAlbum: ''The Real Ambassadors''.
* CoolOldGuy: Well ''duh''. In 1964 he kicked Music/TheBeatles out of the #1 spot with "Hello Dolly!"...when Satchmo was 63! ''[[Music/TheBeatles The]] '''[[Music/TheBeatles BEATLES!]]'''''
* CoverVersion
* CutSong: ''Ain't It The Truth'' from ''Cabin In The Sky''.
* [[EpicRocking Epic Swinging]]
* ExpositoryThemeTune: ''High Society Calypso'' for the 1956 film ''High Society'.
* {{Improv}}: Armstrong is the first great jazz improviser on record. Since jazz is characterised by lots of improvisation, this makes Armstrong the first great jazz musician on record. TropeCodifier, indeed.
* {{Mondegreen}}
* MurderBallad: ''Mack The Knife'', ''You Rascal You.'' It's been noted that in Armstrong's early years playing sleazy dives in New Orleans, he would have known plenty of Mack the Knifes.
* RealSongThemeTune: ''Frank's Place'' used ''Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?''.
* TheSacredDarkness: "The dark sacred night" is mentioned in "What a Wonderful World."
* SingingSimlish
* SopranoAndGravel: Armstrong's collaborations with Ella Fitzgerald. Possibly the {{Ur Example}}.
* SouthernFriedGenius: He was from New Orleans, but in addition to being a musical genius, Armstrong was a lifelong reader and talented, idiosyncratic writer who carried a dictionary with him on tour. He's one of the few great jazz musicians to have a distinctive literary style, and the only one whose Selected Writings are [[http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Louis_Armstrong_in_His_Own_Words.html?id=fdxDDe-fb8sC&redir_esc=y published by Oxford University Press]].
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' uses ''A Kiss To Build A Dream On'' in the beginning.
** Likewise, the titular Invisible Man of Ralph Ellison's ''Literature/{{Invisible Man}}'' plays Armstrong's version of ''(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue'' in the novel's introduction.
* UncleTomFoolery: The always jolly Armstrong was often accused of doing this, but jazz critic Gary Giddins has retorted that to dislike or resent Armstrong's eternally cheerful demeanour is to diminish him as an artist by refusing to allow him to be himself; Armstrong projected confidence and warmth without ever losing dignity.
** He also famously [[http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/The-day-Louis-Armstrong-blew-more-than-his-trumpet-1813025.php spoke out on the enforced school segregation in Arkansas in 1957]], saying Creator/DwightDEisenhower had "no guts" and calling the governor a "[[PrecisionFStrike no-good motherfucker]]."
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