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.
9 Things You May Not Know About Louis Armstrong
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.
Armstrong with his mother and sister Beatrice in New Orleans in Young Louis spent much of his boyhood in the care of his grandmother, but he also found a second home among the Karnofskys, a local Lithuanian-Jewish family who hired him to do odd jobs for their peddling business. As a sign of his gratitude to his Jewish benefactors, Armstrong later took to wearing a Star of David pendant around his neck. Armstrong with trumpet, late s. Most of all, I began to learn music. Armstrong and his Hot Five band—his then-wife Lil is on the right.
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.