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Music: Louis Armstrong

"He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way."

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 1930s. He's also had several film appearances such as High Society and the film version of Hello, Dolly!, and a few where he played himself: New Orleans, The Five Pennies and A Song Is Born.

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 Serious Business among those who see the "Louie" nickname as cartoonish and disrespectful - as did Armstrong himself.

Not to be confused with the muscle-bound Strong-Arm Alchemist whose skills were passed down through the Armstrong line for generations!!


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
  • We Have All The Time In The World
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Heebie Jeebies
  • St. James Infirmary
  • Mack the Knife


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


Tropes found in his music include:


The Andrews SistersRock & RollChuck Berry
Weird TalesThe Roaring TwentiesIrving Berlin
What Could Have BeenJazzDuke Ellington
Casey at the BatNational Recording RegistryFranklin D. Roosevelt
Two-Fisted TalesThe Great DepressionCab Calloway
The Andrews SistersThe FortiesIrving Berlin

alternative title(s): Louis Armstrong
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