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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Why was Louis Armstrong famous?
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
 
     
  1901This 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),  
     
  1902His father abandoned his family and his mother left the children with their grandmother, Josephine Armstrong and their Uncle Isaac 
     
  1906He moved back to live with his mother
Education: He attended the Fisk School for Boys
 
     
  1907Times were hard and his mother turned to prostitution 
     
  1912Louis 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. 
     
  1913His 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 
     
  1914Armstrong was sent to Colored Waifs’ Home for general delinquency where he continued to play cornet with the help of lessons from Professor Peter Davis 
     
  1915Louis 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.  
     
  1916He played brass bands on the riverboats and steamboats of New Orleans 
     
  1917Armstrong played with the King Ory band which was a hot jazz group 
     
  1918March 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 
     
  1919He became second trumpet for the Tuxedo Brass Band which was a society band 
     
  1921By this time Louis had learned to read music 
     
  1922Louis 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. 
     
  1923He lived well in Chicago where he met Hoagy Carmichael 
     
  1924Louis Armstrong joins Fletcher Henderson band in Harlem. 
     
  1925He formed a band called the “Hot Five” for recording purposes only and cut his first records for Okeh. He continued playing in other bands  
     
  1929He formed his own band called Louis Armstrong and the Stompers. He also toured with the show “Hot Chocolates”. 
     
  1930In 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 
     
  1931Armstrong 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 
     
  1935Armstrong and his band work with with Joe Glaser as manager. He recorded records with the Mills Brothers, Louis Jordan, Tommy Dorsey, and Ella Fitzgerald 
     
  1936He appeared in the movie Pennies from Heaven with Bing Crosby 
     
  1937Louis Armstrong became the first black to host a sponsored, national radio broadcast 
     
  1938He divorces Lillian (Lil) Hardin and married long time girlfriend Alpha 
     
  1939WW2 begins 
     
  1942Louis Armstrong married his fourth wife, Lucille Wilson, a singer at the Cotton Club 
     
  1943Louis 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 
     
  1945WW2 ends and so does the public taste for Swing music. Louis formed a six piece group called the All Stars 
     
  1951June: He reached the Top Ten of the LP charts with Satchmo at Symphony Hall 
     
  1956He played at a concert celebrating Ghana's independence which was attended by more than 100,000 Louis Armstrong fans 
     
  1957Armstrong speaks out against racial discrimination and publicly condemned the violence that swept Little Rock over school integration 
     
  1959Armstrong was briefly hospitalized due to a heart attack 
     
  1968He recorded his last hit, "What a Wonderful World" 
     
  1969Appeared in the movie Hello Dolly with Barbra Streisand. His rendition of the song Hello Dolly won him a Grammy for best vocal performance 
     
  1971Louis Armstrong Died on July 6, 1971 (aged 69) at Corona, Queens, New York City, NY, U.S. 
     
  1990Armstrong was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an "early influence" 
     
  2001The city of New Orleans renamed its airport as the Louis Armstrong International Airport 
     
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