|Louis as a teenager with his mother and his sister, Beatrice.
Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans on August 4, 1901.
|The arrow at the top of this photo points to Louis Armstrong at the age of 11, a member of
the "Colored Waifs Home" band. It was here that he learned to play the bugle and cornet,
after being sent to the home for firing a pistol in the street at a New Year's celebration.
|Chicago - Louis Armstrong at the piano with his band, Johnny St. Cyr,
Johnny Dodds, Kid Ory and Louis' wife, Lil Harden.
|Louis Armstrong and his band on a 1931 visit to the Municipal Boys Home
in New Orleans (formerly the Colored Waifs Home); shown with, among
others, Peter Davis and the boys home band.
|Louis Armstrong died of a heart attack on July 6, 1971, in Queens, New York,
where he'd lived for many years. He was buried in Flushing Cemetery, NY.
Above: a memorial service held for Louis Armstrong in his hometown of New
Orleans. He said of the city, "Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of
mine, I look right into the heart of good old New Orleans. It has given me
something to live for."
|U.S. postage stamp honoring Louis Armstrong.
|Louis Armstrong's influence extended beyond jazz, he was widely regarded as a profound
influence on popular music in general. Critic Steve Leggett described Armstrong as "perhaps
the most important American musician of the 20th century."
|Helen Arlt and local television personality, Mel Leavitt,
welcome Louis Armstrong home to New Orleans on a visit in 1965.