Louis Armstrong

Musician, Singer, Writer
A towering figure in the development of jazz, as well as one of the most beloved entertainers of the 20th century, Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter and vocalist whose unique playing changed the focus of the genre from a ... Read more »
Born: 08/04/1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Music (88)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("St Louis Blues") (Song Performer)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

("I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm") (Song Performer)

Jumping the Broom 2011 (Movie)

("La Vie En Rose") (Song Performer)

Meet Monica Velour 2011 (Movie)

("Basin Street Blues") (Song Performer)

Monte Carlo 2011 (Movie)

("La Vie En Rose") (Song Performer)

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

("What A Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 2008 (Movie)

(""What A Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

("Dear Old Southland") (Song Performer)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

("Big Butter And Egg Man") (Song)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

("La Vie En Rose") (Song Performer)

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

("Winter Wonderland") (Song Performer)

Iconoclasts 2007 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Killer of Sheep 2007 (Movie)

("West End Blues") (Song Performer)

Southland Tales 2007 (Movie)

("If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)") (Song Performer)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Bout Time") (Song Performer)

Lord of War 2005 (Movie)

("A Kiss To Build A Dream On") (Song Performer)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

("What a Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

White Countess 2005 (Movie)

("After You've Gone") (Song Performer)

Miracle 2004 (Movie)

("White Christmas") (Song Performer)

Normal 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

The Quiet American 2002 (Movie)

("Le Vie En Rose") (Song Performer)

Armstrong -- When the Saints Go Marching In 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song

Blow 2001 (Movie)

("Cool Yule") (Song Performer)

Hot! Hot! Hot! The Best of Taxicab Confessions 3 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

("Jeepers Creepers") (Song Performer)

Serendipity 2001 (Movie)

("Cool Yule") (Song Performer)

Town & Country 2001 (Movie)

("Ain't Misbehavin'") (Song Performer)

Joe Gould's Secret 2000 (Movie)

("Muskrat Ramble") (Song Performer)

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Song Performer)

Les Enfants du marais 1999 (Movie)

("West End Blues") (Song Performer)

Liberty Heights 1999 (Movie)

("If") (Song Performer)

My Favorite Martian 1999 (Movie)

("Let's Fall in Love") (Song Performer)

My Life So Far 1999 (Movie)

("Sunny Side") (Song)

My Son the Fanatic 1999 (Movie)

("Back O'Town Blues") (Song Performer)

My Son the Fanatic 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Office Space 1999 (Movie)

("All That Meat and No Potatoes") (Song Performer)

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

("I Wonder") (Song Performer)

The Love Letter 1999 (Movie)

("I'm in the Mood for Love") (Song Performer)

A la place du coeur 1998 (Movie)

("Beale Street Blues") (Song Performer)

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

("Talk to the Animals") (Song Performer)

Madeline 1998 (Movie)

("What a Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

Porgy and Bess: An American Voice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Still Breathing 1998 (Movie)

("Old Man Mose") (Song Performer)

Still Breathing 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

("Skokiaan") (Song Performer)

The Newton Boys 1998 (Movie)

("Wild Man Blues") (Song)

Wild Man Blues 1998 (Movie)

("Wild Man Blues") (Song)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

("Dummy Song") (Song Performer)

Eve's Bayou 1997 (Movie)

("Trouble in Mind") (Song Performer)

Gravesend 1997 (Movie)

("What a Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

Out to Sea 1997 (Movie)

("I Only Have Eyes For You") (Song Performer)

Prisoner of the Mountains 1997 (Movie)

("Go Down Moses") (Song Performer)

Secrets of the Heart 1997 (Movie)

("Lord You Made the Night Too Long") (Song Performer)

That Old Feeling 1997 (Movie)

("That Old Feeling") (Song Performer)

Marsalis on Music 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Music

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

("Life Is so Peculiar") (Song Performer)

Taxicab Confessions 3 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

("Just One of Those Things") (Song Performer)

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

("A Kiss to Build a Dream on") (Song Performer)

Class Act 1992 (Movie)

("Jeepers Creepers") (Song Performer)

Storyville 1992 (Movie)

("When It's Sleepy Time Down South") (Song)

Den Store Badedag 1991 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Rambling Rose 1991 (Movie)

("Dixie") (Song Performer)

Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

("Kiss of Fire") (Song Performer)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

("Drop Me Off in Harlem") (Song Performer)

Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

("Our Love Is Here to Stay" "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off") (Song Performer)

Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

("What a Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

The Puppetoon Movie 1987 (Movie)

("Ole Man Mose" (Jasper in a Jam)) (Song)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

("My Heart") (Song Performer)

Repo Man 1984 (Movie)

("See See Rider") (Song Performer)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

("I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man") (Song)

They All Laughed 1981 (Movie)

("Memories of You") (Song Performer)

Stardust Memories 1980 (Movie)

("Stardust") (Song Performer)

The Hollywood Knights 1980 (Movie)

("Hello Dolly") (Song Performer)

Saint Jack 1979 (Movie)

("Someday You'll Be Sorry") (Song Performer)

Saint Jack 1979 (Movie)

(Song)

Haervaerk 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 (Movie)

("Blueberry Hill") (Song Performer)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

The Beat Generation 1959 (Movie)

("Someday You'll Be Sorry" "The Beat Generation") (Song Performer)

The Beat Generation 1959 (Movie)

("Someday You'll Be Sorry") (Song)

A Saintly Switch (TV Show)

Song Performer

Routes of Rhythm With Harry Belafonte (TV Show)

Song Performer

Twas the Night (TV Show)

Song Performer

Walter and Henry (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (25)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bix 1980 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello, Dolly! 1969 (Movie)

Orchestra Leader (Actor)

A Man Called Adam 1965 (Movie)

Willie 'Sweet Daddy' Ferguson (Actor)

When the Boys Meet the Girls 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Paris Blues 1961 (Movie)

Wild Man Moore (Actor)

Jazz on a Summer's Day 1958 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Five Pennies 1958 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

High Society 1956 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jam Session 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cabin in the Sky 1942 (Movie)

The Trumpeter (Actor)

Going Places 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Every Day's a Holiday 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Artists and Models 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Song Is Born (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Doctor Rhythm (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Glory Alley (Movie)

Shadow Johnson (Actor)

Here Comes the Groom (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

New Orleans (Movie)

(Actor)

Pennies from Heaven (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Pillow to Post (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

A towering figure in the development of jazz, as well as one of the most beloved entertainers of the 20th century, Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter and vocalist whose unique playing changed the focus of the genre from a collective sound to one built around individual solos. His singing, too, wielded enormous influence on the vocal delivery of pop and jazz vocalists through his phrasing, enunciation and forays into scat singing. His naturally warm and gravely voice also made him an ideal interpreter of standards, which spurred his transition from jazz to the mainstream in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In doing so, Satchmo - as he was known to fellow musicians - became among the first African-American artists to cross over into mainstream white entertainment, where he continued to enjoy incredible success as a vocalist, most notably with his 1964 rendition of "Hello, Dolly!" which bounced the Beatles from the top of the pop charts. A tireless performer and benevolent soul who broadcast his personality and talents like a beacon across the globe, Louis Armstrong was unquestionably one of the defining artists in the history of popular music.

Relationships

Lucy

Grandmother
raised Armstrong and his sister

Mary Albert

Mother
was 15 when she gave birth to Louis left Armstrong and his sister in her mother's care

Willie Armstrong

Father
abandoned family shortly after Louis' birth

Henry Armstrong

Half-Brother
survived him

William Armstrong

Half-Brother
survived him

Beatrice Collins

Sister
survived him

Lilian Hardin

Wife
met when both performed with the Creole Jazz Band married in 1924 separated c. 1927 divorced in 1938

Clarence Hatfield

Son
adopted survived him

Daisy Parker

Wife
married c. 1919 divorced c. 1924

Alpha Smith

Wife
met c. 1926 had relationship for 12 years before marrying in 1938 divorced in 1942

Lucille Wilson

Wife
married from 1942 until his death

Milestones

1936

Appeared in the movie musical "Pennies From Heaven"

1930

Relocated to L.A.; fronted the Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra

1929

Made popular recording of Fats Waller's song "Ain't Misbehavin'"

1929

Played in the pit orchestra for the all-Black revue "Hot Chocolates"

1928

Headed back to NYC

1925

Made first recordings for Okeh Records with the Hot Five and the Hot Seven bands

1925

Moved to Chicago and joined wife Lillian Hardin's musical group; performed at the Dreamland

1924

At wife's urging, left Oliver and moved to NYC

1924

Spent a year playing with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra

1922

Invited to join Joe Oliver's Creole Jazz Band; played second coronet

1919

Joined Fate Marable's band in St. Louis, Missouri

1917

Played in various bands in Storyville

1913

Arrested on New Year's Eve after discharging a pistol in the air

Born in the Storyville section of New Orleans, Louisiana

Toured extensively throughout the USA and Europe

Sent to live at the Colored Waif's Home for Boys ; received first exposure to musical training

Began playing on recording sessions for blues singers like Bessie Smith

Began playing trumpet in the 1930s

Bonus Trivia

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Although he celebrated his birthday on July 4, Gary Giddins in his biography "Satchmo" claims that Armstrong's birth certificate lists his date of birth as August 4, 1901.

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