YMMV: Louis Armstrong

  • Awesome Music: Very well-known for this.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: His "What a Wonderful World" and "Hello Dolly" introduced him to a younger generation that otherwise wouldn't have known who he was.
  • Broken Base: Critics and historians tend to favor Armstrong's 1920s and 1930s output over his later recordings, when he transformed more into a singer and an entertainer. The man himself dismissed this, because he was a much better musician later in life than in his earlier days.
  • Face of the Band: Armstrong was always the star of his band.
  • Magnum Opus: "West End Blues" is generally seen as his finest moment. As a whole the recordings he made with the Hot Five and Hot Seven are seen as one of the highlights of musical history. They were compiled in one CD box as The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Armstrong's 1920s recordings with his Hot Five and Hot Seven bands are the first masterpiece jazz recordings ever, but we're so used to jazz musicians playing blazing solos that it's hard to realise that nobody had ever done it as brilliantly as this before.