Birth Anniversary of Louis Armstrong!
The Father of Jazz who replaced the Beatles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Hello, Dolly!” when he was 63 years old, the oldest person at that time to hit the #1 ranking.
As the grandson of slaves, he worked as a paperboy and sold food he salvaged to restaurants. Bunk Johnson taught him how to play by ear when Armstrong was eleven and had dropped out of school.
“Bout Time,” a song he wrote in his sixties, was featured in the film Bewitched.
He married Daisy Parker on March 19, 1918 and, after their divorce, he married Lil Armstrong on February 4, 1924. He married Alpha Smith on October 11, 1938, and finally married Lucille Wilson on October 12, 1942.
Bing Crosby was influenced by Armstrong’s songs, namely “Lazy River.”