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Did you know that Louis Armstrong was raised by his grandmother? Did you know that he passed away in 1971 and he is buried alongside his wife Lucille? Find out the names of this Jazz singer's most famous songs which are known worldwide.

Fun Fact 1 Louis Daniel Armstrong was born on September 4th, 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States of America.

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 business.

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 his horizons.

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 band.

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.

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