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Nicknamed "Pops" or "Satchmo," jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971) hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. His gravel-voiced scat singing became his trademark, and he played and sang with jazz greats including Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and Ella Fitzgerald. Raised by his mother, Satchmo was raised by his grandmother, other relatives, and a family of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and by the age of 11, he dropped out of school and became a street musician. He died in his sleep at his home in Queens, New York.

 

 

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