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Louis Armstrong

About Louis Armstrong

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), was a trumpeter and singer but also played the cornet (Not to be confused with the Cornett.). He started his career in 1918, playing in brass bands and riverboats in New Orleans.

He is probably best known for his songs “La Vie En Rose” and “What a Wonderful World”. He is recognizable globally due to his gravelly voice, and by the 60’s, he was regarded as a profound influence on music, not just jazz, but in general.

He died on July 6, 1971, due to a heart attack in his sleep and was married to his wife of 29 years, with 3 other wives preceding her.