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Louis Armstrong

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed "Satchmo", "Satch", and "Pops", was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist, and actor who was among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans. 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. Around 1922, he followed his mentor, Joe "King" Oliver, to Chicago to play in the Creole Jazz Band. In Chicago, he spent time with other popular jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend Bix Beiderbecke and spending time with Hoagy Carmichael and Lil Hardin. He earned a reputation at "cutting contests", and relocated to New York in order to join Fletcher Henderson's band.

With his instantly recognizable rich, gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer and skillful improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song. He was also skilled at scat singing. Armstrong is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice as well as his trumpet playing. By the end of Armstrong's career in the 1960s, his influence had spread to popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", meaning his music transcended his skin color in a racially divided America. He rarely publicly politicized his race, to the dismay of fellow African Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock crisis. He was able to access the upper echelons of American society at a time when this was difficult for black men.

Armstrong appeared in films such as High Society (1956) alongside Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, and Hello, Dolly! (1969) starring Barbra Streisand. He received many accolades including three Grammy Award nominations and a win for his vocal performance of Hello, Dolly! in 1964.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 4th, 1901 (New Orleans), Died July 6th, 1971 (New York City;Corona)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1969

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist, leader, cornet, composer, speaker, songwriter, lyricist

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 728 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 9485 10-in. 11/12/1925 Yes! I'm in the barrel Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9486 10-in. 11/12/1925 Gut bucket blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9491 10-in. 11/14/1925 Sugar foot stomp Merritt Brunies ; Friars Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 9501 Not documented 2/22/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9502 Not documented 2/22/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9503 10-in. 2/22/1926 Come back, sweet papa Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9509 10-in. 2/23/1926 Lonesome, all alone and blue Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9510 10-in. 2/23/1926 Trouble in mind Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9511 10-in. 2/23/1926 Georgia man Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9512 10-in. 2/23/1926 You've got to get home on time Louis Armstrong ; Baby Mack ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9513 10-in. 2/23/1926 What kind of man is that? Louis Armstrong ; Baby Mack ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9519 10-in. 2/24/1926 Deep water blues Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9520 10-in. 2/24/1926 G'wan I told you (She just won't have) Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9521 10-in. 2/24/1926 Listen to Ma Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9522 10-in. 2/24/1926 Lonesome hours Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Hociel Thomas Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9533 10-in. 2/26/1926 Georgia grind Lillian Armstrong ; Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with female-male vocal duet leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9534 10-in. 2/26/1926 Heebie jeebies Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9535 10-in. 2/26/1926 Cornet chop suey Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble composer, leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9536 10-in. 2/26/1926 Oriental strut Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9537 10-in. 2/26/1926 You're next Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, composer, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9538 10-in. 2/26/1926 Muskrat ramble Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9546 10-in. 3/1/1926 A jealous woman like me Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9547 10-in. 3/1/1926 Special delivery blues Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9548 10-in. 3/1/1926 Jack of diamonds blues Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9559 10-in. 3/3/1926 The mail train blues Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
(Results 101-125 of 728 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Armstrong, Louis," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863.

Armstrong, Louis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863.

"Armstrong, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.

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