Mentored by the city’s top cornetist, Joe “King” Oliver, Armstrong soon became one of the most in-demand cornetists in town, eventually working steadily on Mississippi riverboats.
In 1922, King Oliver sent for Armstrong to join his band in Chicago.
There, under the tutelage of Peter Davis, he learned how to properly play the cornet, eventually becoming the leader of the Waif’s Home Brass Band.
Released from the Waif’s Home in 1914, Armstrong set his sights on becoming a professional musician.
He has officially appeared as a guest during a number of Big Brother off-season podcasts.
He also frequently comes on during the guest question portion of the podcasts during the Survivor podcasts, earning the title of unofficial co-host from host Jordan Parhar.
The 1930s also found Armstrong achieving great popularity on radio, in films, and with his recordings.
Doctors advised him not to play but Armstrong continued to practice every day in his Corona, Queens home, where he had lived with his fourth wife, Lucille, since 1943.
He returned to performing in 1970 but it was too much, too soon and he passed away in his sleep on July 6, 1971, a few months after his final engagement at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
He performed in Europe for the first time in 1932 and returned in 1933, staying for over a year because of a damaged lip.
Back in America in 1935, Armstrong hired Joe Glaser as his manager and began fronting a big band, recording pop songs for Decca, and appearing regularly in movies. In 1947, the waning popularity of the big bands forced Armstrong to begin fronting a small group, Louis Armstrong and His All Stars.
Rob Cesternino then selected him as one of three main correspondents beginning with Big Brother 17, where he usually appeared on the podcast after the Sunday episode to recap the action.