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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 201-225 of 728 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W400955 10-in. 6/26/1928 Too busy! Louis Armstrong ; Lillie Delk Christian ; Hot Four Female vocal solo and female-male vocal duet, with jazz/dance quartet leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400956 10-in. 6/26/1928 Was it a dream? Louis Armstrong ; Lillie Delk Christian ; Hot Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400957 10-in. 6/26/1928 Last night I dreamed you kissed me Louis Armstrong ; Lillie Delk Christian ; Hot Four Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400960 10-in. 6/27/1928 Fireworks Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400961 10-in. 6/27/1928 Skip the gutter Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400962 10-in. 6/27/1928 A Monday date Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo and talk leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet, speaker  
OKeh W400966 10-in. 6/28/1928 Don't jive me Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400967 10-in. 6/28/1928 West End blues Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
OKeh W400968 10-in. 6/28/1928 Sugar foot strut Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400973 10-in. 6/29/1928 Two deuces Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400974 10-in. 6/29/1928 Squeeze me Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400991 10-in. 7/5/1928 Knee drops Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400992 10-in. 7/5/1928 Symphonic raps Carroll Dickerson ; Savoyagers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W400993 10-in. 7/5/1928 Stomp de los del Savoy Carroll Dickerson y su Orquesta Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W401688 10-in. 3/5/1929 I'm gonna stomp, Mr. Henry Lee Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W401689 10-in. 3/5/1929 Knockin' a jug Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter, leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W401690 10-in. 3/5/1929 I can’t give you anything but love Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
OKeh W401691 10-in. 3/5/1929 Mahogany Hall stomp Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402153 10-in. 12/4/1928 No Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402154 10-in. 12/4/1928 Basin Street blues Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal trio leader, instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
OKeh W402168 10-in. 12/5/1928 No one else but you Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
OKeh W402169 10-in. 12/5/1928 Beau Koo Jack Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance band leader, composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402170 10-in. 12/5/1928 Save it pretty mamma Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402199 10-in. 12/5/1928 Weather bird Louis Armstrong ; Earl Hines Trumpet and piano duet instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402200 10-in. 12/7/1928 Muggles Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance sextet leader, composer, instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 201-225 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863

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