Book Title: Louis Armstrong
Author: Mrs. Pinkenson
Event One: Louis’s First Trumpet
Louis was born in August 4, 1901. The important people in his life were Mayann and his sister Beatrice and some Jewish family called the Karnofskys. Then he bought his first trumpet called a cornet. He sounded great on his first trumpet. He made money by playing and singing. Also, Louis got arrested for firing a gun.
Event Two: Louis’s Band
In 1922 Louis joined King Oliver’s band called the Creole Jazz Band. Also he met his second wife named Lil Hardin. He started writing great songs. He went to an Air Force and learned how to fire a bazooka. I bet it was the happiest sounding bazooka ever!
Event Three: Louis’s Great Recordings
He recorded with the Hot Five. Soon it became the Hot Seven. He recorded classics like “West End Blues,” “Heebie Jeebies,” “Potato Head Blues,” and “Black and Blue.” Louis got two heart attacks and the doctor said, “Stop playing the horn for a while.” Louis tried. But he died July 6, 1971. They played a medley of his songs at his funeral, but I forget them. His music sounded great over his seventy years of life.
PS: Dad says, “Sometimes people look at life and make tragedies and sad songs. Sometimes people get sick of that sadness and make silly happy songs. Louis Armstrong looks at life, sees all the sadness and blues, and then somehow transforms it all into the happiest songs ever.”