Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout
A relatively short biography (400 pages not counting the bibliography and notes) of perhaps the most influential jazz musician of all. Terry Teachout--not only a good writer but also a former professional bass player who loves trad jazz and yet is no moldy fig with an axe to grind--appreciates both Armstrongs seminal Hot Fives and his later more commercial recordings.
He shows us Armstrong in all his complexity: the sunny disposition and the explosive rages, the devotion to wife Lucille and his continual affairs, his generosity to fellow musicians and his long-standing musical grudges. In addition, Teachout gives us intelligent and sensitive appreciations of many of the classic recordings. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone with a liking for jazz and an interest in its history.
Louis Armstrong Facts
Armstrong once said that, "If it hadn't been for jazz, there wouldn't be no rock and roll. During Armstrong's lifetime, only one of his recordings ever reached the No. Since his death, Armstrong's recordings have enjoyed great popular success, especially his cover of "What a Wonderful World. Armstrong died in in the Queens, New York City, home he and wife Lucille had owned for almost 30 years. That building now is home to a museum devoted to the entertainer, the Louis Armstrong House. His funeral services provide a glimpse into his popularity among his peers and fans: An estimated 25, people paid their respects at his open coffin in the New York National Guard Armory. That date is still found in many jazz histories.
Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential Jazz artists that revolutionized the jazz music industry. He was born in the New Orleans, Louisiana in the slave family. Armstrong had a hard start in his life. His father is a factory worker who abandoned a family after Louis birth. His mother is a prostitute who frequently left him with a maternal grandmother.
Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Louis Armstrong. 1. In , he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of.
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Top 10 Amazing Facts about Louis Armstrong
Toggle navigation. He was born into a poor family, and his grandparents had been slaves in the s. His father was William Armstrong, and his mother was Mary Albert. When Louis was only an infant his father abandoned the family. From until he and his younger sister were in the care of his grandmother and uncle, until he was five.
With his infectious smile and raspy voice, Louis Armstrong who actually pronounced his own name "Lewis" won over fans worldwide. To untold millions, every note that he let loose made the world feel a bit more wonderful, and his music is still being discovered by new generations of fans. Here are 10 facts about the life of one of the 20th century's most important jazz musicians. Turns out, he was 13 months off. While growing up , Armstrong did assorted jobs for the Karnofskys , a family of Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants. In fact, before marrying his fourth wife, he made sure that she could cook a satisfactory plateful. Music historians recognize this as the first popular, mass-market scat ever recorded.
An all-star virtuoso, he came to prominence in the s, influencing countless musicians with both his daring trumpet style and unique vocals. Armstrong's charismatic stage presence impressed not only the jazz world but all of popular music. Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, , in New Orleans, Louisiana, in a neighborhood so poor that it was nicknamed "The Battlefield. Armstrong had a difficult childhood: His father was a factory worker and abandoned the family soon after Louis's birth. His mother, who often turned to prostitution, frequently left him with his maternal grandmother.