Died Today (July 6th): Louis Armstrong (I) (1901–1971)

louisarmstrongLouis Armstrong (I) (1901–1971)

Born: August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Died: July 6, 1971 (age 69) in New York City, New York, USA

Married to:
Lucille Wilson (12 October 1942 – 6 July 1971) (his death)
Alpha Smith (11 October 1938 – 1942) (divorced)
Lil Armstrong (4 February 1924 – 1938) (divorced)
Daisy Parker (19 March 1918 – 18 December 1923) (divorced)


I never tried to prove nothing, just wanted to give a good show. My life has always been my music, it’s always come first, but the music ain’t worth nothing if you can’t lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, ’cause what you’re there for is to please the people.

All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song.

What is jazz? Man, if you have to ask you’ll never know.

There’s some folks, that, if they don’t know, you can’t tell ’em.

If it wasn’t for jazz, there wouldn’t be no rock and roll.

[on being asked about his #1 song “Hello Dolly”] It sure feels good to be up there with [The Beatles].

A lotta cats copy the Mona Lisa, but people still line up to see the original.