Louis Armstrong Timeline

Louis Armstrong Timeline

Louis Armstrong Timeline ( 1901 - 1971 )
The important dates and events in the life of Louis Armstrong (Satchmo)
The early events of his life, family and career
He gained great fame as a jazz trumpeter, band leader, singer and movie star
His last hit was "What a Wonderful World"
Date of his death in New York
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Louis Armstrong (Satchmo) was famous as the American jazz trumpeter, band leader and singer.

      Short Biography of Louis Armstrong
Date of Birth: Born on August 4, 1901
Place of Birth : New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Parents: Father - William Armstrong
             Mother: Mary Albert Armstrong
Background Facts, Information & Ancestry : Louis Armstrong was the grandson of slaves
    1901 This timeline starts on August 4, 1901 when Louis Daniel Armstrong was born. His parents were named William Armstrong and Mary Albert Armstrong. He had a younger sister called Beatrice Armstrong Collins (1886–1942),  
    1902 His father abandoned his family and his mother left the children with their grandmother, Josephine Armstrong and their Uncle Isaac  
    1906 He moved back to live with his mother
Education: He attended the Fisk School for Boys
    1907 Times were hard and his mother turned to prostitution  
    1912 Louis Armstrong dropped out of the Fisk School for Boys and started to earn a meagre living singing on the streets of New Orleans with a quartet. A musician named Joe "King" Oliver taught Louis to play the cornet.  
    1913 His first cornet was bought with money loaned to him by the Karnofskys who were a Russian-Jewish immigrant family who had taken Louis into their family  
    1914 Armstrong was sent to Colored Waifs’ Home for general delinquency where he continued to play cornet with the help of lessons from Professor Peter Davis  
    1915 Louis Armstrong was released from the Colored Waifs’ Home and returned to live with his mother and step-father. Louis worked as a coalman during the day and at night he played in a  dance hall job at Henry Ponce’s where Black Benny became mentor.  
    1916 He played brass bands on the riverboats and steamboats of New Orleans  
    1917 Armstrong played with the King Ory band which was a hot jazz group  
    1918 March 19: Louis married Daisy Parker and they adopted a 3-year-old mentally disabled boy named Clarence Armstrong who was the son of Louis's cousin Flora who had died soon after giving birth. The marriage was short lived and soon ended in divorce  
    1919 He became second trumpet for the Tuxedo Brass Band which was a society band  
    1921 By this time Louis had learned to read music  
    1922 Louis Armstrong joins the influential hot jazz band called Creole Jazz Band in Chicago playing with musicians such as his friend Bix Beiderbecke. He married, Lillian (Lil) Hardin who was Oliver’s pianist.  
    1923 He lived well in Chicago where he met Hoagy Carmichael  
    1924 Louis Armstrong joins Fletcher Henderson band in Harlem.  
    1925 He formed a band called the “Hot Five” for recording purposes only and cut his first records for Okeh. He continued playing in other bands  
    1929 He formed his own band called Louis Armstrong and the Stompers. He also toured with the show “Hot Chocolates”.  
    1930 In the 1930's the popularity of Jazz declined in favour of Swing. Armstrong moved to Los Angeles and played at the New Cotton Club in LA where he first met Bing Crosby  
    1931 Armstrong appeared in his first movie called Ex-Flame. During this year Armstrong was convicted of marijuana possession but received a suspended sentence. He also had problems with the mob and first moved back to New Orleans but then left the country for Europe  
    1935 Armstrong and his band work with with Joe Glaser as manager. He recorded records with the Mills Brothers, Louis Jordan, Tommy Dorsey, and Ella Fitzgerald  
    1936 He appeared in the movie Pennies from Heaven with Bing Crosby  
    1937 Louis Armstrong became the first black to host a sponsored, national radio broadcast  
    1938 He divorces Lillian (Lil) Hardin and married long time girlfriend Alpha  
    1939 WW2 begins  
    1942 Louis Armstrong married his fourth wife, Lucille Wilson, a singer at the Cotton Club  
    1943 Louis and Lucille moved into the house in Queens that has become the Armstrong Archives. He made the movie Cabin In the Sky and The Five Pennies starring Danny Kaye  
    1945 WW2 ends and so does the public taste for Swing music. Louis formed a six piece group called the All Stars  
    1951 June: He reached the Top Ten of the LP charts with Satchmo at Symphony Hall  
    1956 He played at a concert celebrating Ghana's independence which was attended by more than 100,000 Louis Armstrong fans  
    1957 Armstrong speaks out against racial discrimination and publicly condemned the violence that swept Little Rock over school integration  
    1959 Armstrong was briefly hospitalized due to a heart attack  
    1968 He recorded his last hit, "What a Wonderful World"  
    1969 Appeared in the movie Hello Dolly with Barbra Streisand. His rendition of the song Hello Dolly won him a Grammy for best vocal performance  
    1971 Louis Armstrong Died on July 6, 1971 (aged 69) at Corona, Queens, New York City, NY, U.S.  
    1990 Armstrong was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an "early influence"  
    2001 The city of New Orleans renamed its airport as the Louis Armstrong International Airport  
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