Fun Fact 2 Louis Armstrong died in New York on 6 July 1971 at the age of
69. His death was caused by a heart attack.
Fun Fact 3: Louis Armstrong had various nicknames which were given to
him as a child. Many of his nicknames referred to the size of his mouth
such as Satchelmouth and Dippermouth.
Fun Fact 4: Louis Armstrong is known famously around the globe for his
trademark gravelly singing voice and his great success in the music
Fun Fact 5: Louis Armstrong was born into poverty, he was the grandson
of slaves and was raised by his grandmother. He came to live with his
grandmother because his father left and his mother decided to leave him
and his siblings in her care.
Fun Fact 6: Louis was married four times; his first marriage was to
Daisy Parker. He was married to her from 1918 to 1923. His second wife
was Lil Hardin, they were married from 1924 to 1938. He then became
married to Alpha Smith from 1938 to 1942, before finally marrying the
lady whom he remained married to until his death. Her name was Lucile
Wilson and they got married in 1942.
Fun Fact 7: On September 1st, 1995 Louis Armstrong was pictured on a 32
cent US postage stamp in the Legends of American Music.
Fun Fact 8: One of Louis Armstrong's most famous hit songs was 'What a
wonderful World'. This song was released in 1967 and due to its huge
success, it is still favored by people of all ages across the world.
Fun Fact 9: Louis Armstrong played on a steamboat that travelled up and
down the Mississippi River in the band of Fate Marable who was a
talented jazz pianist and band leader. Louis referred to these times as
his university days as they provided him with valuable experience.
Fun Fact 10: Louis Armstrong was laid to rest in Queens, New York City,
not too far from where he lived with his last wife Lucile who died in
1983. They were laid to rest together. On the top of Louis headstone is
a trumpet figure - a representation of his musical career and life.
Fun Fact 11: As a child, Louis Armstrong brought some money into his
poor household from his jobs delivering papers and selling food to
restaurants. He was musically talented as a child and began reading
music around the age of 12.
Fun Fact 12: Louis Armstrong's second wife, Lil Hardin, was a pianist.
She played a big part in his career, she encouraged him to leave
Oliver's band whom he played for at the time and pushed him to broaden
Fun Fact 13: Louis Armstrong joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in
New York City after receiving an invitation. This was a top band at the
time and Louis had to swap to playing the trumpet to fit in with the
Fun Fact 14: 42 years after the death of Louis Armstrong, a funny fact
about his date of birth was discovered. We found out that he was
actually born in 1901. He used to tell people that he was born in 1900!
Fun Fact 15: Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra dominated the music
business during the 1930's, they were originally called the Carroll
Dickerson's Orchestra but their name was later changed to Louis
Armstrong and his Stompers.