Louis Armstrong was one of the most popular musicians in the 1920s in the world of jazz and all around music. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901. He grew up in a very poor area of New Orleans, he had a hard childhood. Louis grew up with no father and for the most part no mother. His father abandoned them and his mother was a prostitute. He left school in the fifth grade to get a job. The family that looked after him encouraged him the most to be involved with music. He grew up very quickly, very influenced by music.
Louis was mostly a jazz musician but he contributed to other popular music as well. Armstrong went through a few bands, but he always stuck to who he was and the way he wanted to be. His records are now looked at the most influencial and important in jazz history. During Louis’s career he had a lot of major setbacks, but he never let it stop him. Louis could sing and play the trumpet and he had a very mellow sound he wanted to put across.
Louis Armstrong was important to society because he made one of the biggest hits in history, “What a Wonderful World”. He also had a lot of adversity when he was trying to go after his dream and he never gave up. He used his hardships as fuel towards his music. Louis showed how important music was to himself and society.
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Youtube. (2013). What a Wonderful World. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM