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Louis Armstrong Biography

Birth Name:
Daniel Louis Armstrong
Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Musician, singer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Earned money as a member of a street-corner singing quartet as a child
  • Learned to play the cornet as a youth while in a home for juvenile delinquents
  • Received the nickname Satchelmouth as a child, which was later shortened to Satchmo
  • Developed his jazz talents as a teenager by performing on riverboats along the Mississippi
  • Recorded music for the first time in 1923 as a member of King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
  • Also pursued a career as an actor, appearing in more than 20 films
  • Wrote the autobiographies Swing That Music (1936) and Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans (1954)


  • Alpha Smith -- Ex-wife
  • Daisy Parker -- Ex-wife
  • Lillian Hardin -- Ex-wife
  • William Armstrong -- Father
  • Josephine Armstrong -- Grandmother
  • Henry Armstrong -- Half Brother
  • William Armstrong -- Half Brother
  • Mayann Albert Armstrong -- Mother
  • Beatrice Armstrong Collins -- Sister
  • Clarence Hatfield Armstrong -- Son
  • Lucille Wilson -- Wife