Louis Armstrong, 1901 - 1971
Photo by New York World-Telegram staff (1953)
Born: 4 August 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: 6 September 1971, New York City
Biography from Wikipedia
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Louis Armstrong quotes:
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- All music is folk music, I ain't never heard no horse sing a song. permalink
- Hot can be cool and cool can be hot, and each can be both. But hot or cool, man, jazz is jazz. permalink
- I don't let my mouth say nothin' my head can't stand. permalink
- If ya ain't got it in ya, ya can't blow it out. permalink
- If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know. permalink
- Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them. permalink
- My only sin is in my skin,
What did I do to be so black and blue? permalink
"(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue?"
- There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em. permalink
- They would beat Jesus if he was black and marched. permalink
on Selma, in 1965
- What we play is life. permalink
quoted by Edward R. Murrow in the documentary Satchmo The Great (1957)
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