Artist Name: Louis Armstrong

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Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971) nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly-recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics).
Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man.

Armstrong was born and brought up in New Orleans, a culturally diverse town with a unique musical mix of creole, ragtime, marching bands, and blues. Although from an early age he was able to play music professionally, he didn't travel far from New Orleans until 1922, when he went to Chicago to join his mentor, King Oliver. Oliver's band played primitive jazz, a hotter style of ragtime, with looser rhythms and more improvisation, and Armstrong's role was mostly backing. Slow to promote himself, he was eventually persuaded by his wife Lil Hardin to leave Oliver, and In 1924 he went to New York to join the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. At the time, there were a few other artists using the rhythmic innovations of the New Orleans style, but none did it with the energy and brilliance of Armstrong, and he quickly became a sensation among New York musicians. Back in Chicago in 1925, he made his first recordings with his own group, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, and these became not only popular hits but also models for the first generation of jazz musicians, trumpeters or otherwise.

Other hits followed through the twenties and thirties, as well as troubles: crooked managers, lip injuries, mob entanglements, failed big-band ventures. As jazz styles changed, though, musical purists never lost any respect for him -- although they were sometimes irritated by his hammy onstage persona. Around the late forties, with the help of a good manager, Armstrong's business affairs finally stablilized, and he began to be seen as an elder statesman of American popular entertainment, appearing in Hollywood films, touring Asia and Europe, and dislodging The Beatles from the number-one position with Hello Dolly". Today many people may know him as a singer (a good one), but as Miles Davis said: “You can’t play nothing on modern trumpet that doesn’t come from him."

The 62-year-old Armstrong became the oldest act to top the US charts when "Hello Dolly" reached #1 in 1964. Four years later Satchmo also became the oldest artist to record a UK #1, when "What a Wonderful World" hit the top spot.

Top Track of Atist: Louis Armstrong

What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

What A Wonderful World

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La vie en rose - Louis Armstrong

La vie en rose

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Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong

Mack the Knife

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Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong

Blueberry Hill

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Summertime - Louis Armstrong

Summertime

128,975
360,934
Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong

Hello Dolly

123,428
653,390
Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong

Basin Street Blues

93,165
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Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong

Ain't Misbehavin'

89,372
242,019
Jeepers Creepers - Louis Armstrong

Jeepers Creepers

85,186
216,661
Cabaret - Louis Armstrong

Cabaret

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C'est si bon - Louis Armstrong

C'est si bon

74,411
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West End Blues - Louis Armstrong

West End Blues

72,012
198,411
Kiss of Fire - Louis Armstrong

Kiss of Fire

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Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong

Cool Yule

63,115
165,651
When You're Smiling - Louis Armstrong

When You're Smiling

62,386
161,850
St. James Infirmary - Louis Armstrong

St. James Infirmary

57,211
145,568
Winter Wonderland - Louis Armstrong

Winter Wonderland

56,040
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Mood Indigo - Louis Armstrong

Mood Indigo

55,308
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Go Down Moses - Louis Armstrong

Go Down Moses

55,230
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St. Louis Blues - Louis Armstrong

St. Louis Blues

55,158
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White Christmas - Louis Armstrong

White Christmas

47,586
109,910
Georgia On My Mind - Louis Armstrong

Georgia On My Mind

44,967
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Moon River - Louis Armstrong

Moon River

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Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong

Hello, Dolly!

40,285
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Heebie Jeebies - Louis Armstrong

Heebie Jeebies

37,628
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Sittin' In The Sun - Louis Armstrong

Sittin' In The Sun

36,132
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Lazy River - Louis Armstrong

Lazy River

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Muskrat Ramble - Louis Armstrong

Muskrat Ramble

35,916
83,425
Gone Fishin' - Louis Armstrong

Gone Fishin'

34,096
95,778
Rockin' Chair - Louis Armstrong

Rockin' Chair

31,607
76,709
Black and Blue - Louis Armstrong

Black and Blue

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The Dummy Song - Louis Armstrong

The Dummy Song

29,019
87,700
Potato Head Blues - Louis Armstrong

Potato Head Blues

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