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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 126-150 of 728 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 9560 10-in. 3/3/1926 I feel good Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9561 10-in. 3/3/1926 A man for every day in the week Louis Armstrong ; Hersal Thomas ; Sippie Wallace Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9727 10-in. 6/16/1926 The Bridwell blues Louis Armstrong ; Richard M. Jones ; Nolan Welsh Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9728 10-in. 6/16/1926 St. Peter blues Louis Armstrong ; Richard M. Jones ; Nolan Welsh Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9729 10-in. 6/16/1926 Don't forget to mess around Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9730 10-in. 6/16/1926 I'm gonna gitcha Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9731 10-in. 6/16/1926 Dropping shucks Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9732 10-in. 6/16/1926 Who'sit Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9750 10-in. 6/18/1926 He likes it slow Louis Armstrong ; Butterbeans & Susie ; Hot Five Female-male vocal duet, with jazz/dance ensemble leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9776 10-in. 6/23/1926 The king of the Zulus (At a chit'lin' rag) Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with dialogue leader, speaker, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9777 10-in. 6/23/1926 Big fat Ma and skinny Pa Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo and talking leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9778 10-in. 6/23/1926 Lonesome blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9779 10-in. 6/23/1926 Sweet little papa Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9890 10-in. 11/16/1926 Jazz lips Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9891 10-in. 11/16/1926 Skid-dat-de-dat Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9892 10-in. 11/16/1926 Big butter and egg man from the West May Alix ; Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with female-male vocal duet vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9893 10-in. 11/16/1926 Sunset Cafe stomp May Alix ; Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9949 10-in. 11/23/1926 Pleadin' for the blues Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh 9950 10-in. 11/23/1926 Pratts City blues Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh 9951 10-in. 11/23/1926 Mess Katie mess Bertha Chippie Hill Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh 9971 10-in. 11/26/1926 Lovesick blues Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9972 10-in. 11/26/1926 Lonesome weary blues Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9980 10-in. 11/27/1926 You made me love you Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9981 10-in. 11/27/1926 Irish black bottom Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh 9982 10-in. 11/27/1926 Leave mine alone Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, cornet  
(Results 126-150 of 728 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Armstrong, Louis," accessed February 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863.

Armstrong, Louis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863.

"Armstrong, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 February 2021.

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