However, this song, sampled below, had something of an uncertain beginning, as an ABC Records executive was opposed to its release.
Louis Armstronghand-colored etching by Adi Holzer Armstrong often stated that he was born on July 4, Albert was from Boutte, Louisianaand gave birth at home when she was about sixteen.
William Armstrong abandoned the family shortly after. He did odd jobs for the Karnoffskys, a family of Lithuanian Jews. While selling coal in Storyvillehe heard spasm bandsgroups that played music out of household objects. He heard the early sounds of jazz from bands that played in brothels and dance halls such as Pete Lala's, where King Oliver performed.
Knowing he lived without a father, they fed and nurtured him.
To distinguish them from other hawkers, he tried playing a tin horn to attract customers. Morris Karnoffsky gave Armstrong an advance toward the purchase of a cornet from a pawn shop. He also got into trouble. Cornetist Bunk Johnson said he taught the eleven-year-old to play by ear at Dago Tony's honky tonk.
He said about his youth, "Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine—I look right in the heart of good old New Orleans It has given me something to live for. Meals were often little more than bread and molasses. Captain Joseph Jones ran the home like a military camp and used corporal punishment.
Peter Davis, who frequently appeared at the home at the request of Captain Jones,  became Armstrong's first teacher and chose him as bandleader.
With this band, the thirteen year-old Armstrong attracted the attention of Kid Ory. He lived in this household with two stepbrothers for several months. After Gertrude gave birth to a daughter, Armstrong's father never welcomed him, so he returned to his mother, Mary Albert.
In her small home, he had to share a bed with his mother and sister. He found a job at a dance hall owned by Henry Ponce, who had connections to organized crime. He met the six-foot tall drummer Black Bennywho became his guide and bodyguard.
He listened to the music of local musicians such as Kid Ory and his idol, King Oliver. Armstrong played in brass bands and riverboats in New Orleans, first on an excursion boat in September He traveled with the band of Fate Marablewhich toured on the steamboat Sidney with the Streckfus Steamers line up and down the Mississippi River.
Armstrong described his time with Marable as "going to the University", since it gave him a wider experience working with written arrangements. He did return to New Orleans periodically.What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years [Ricky Riccardi] on ashio-midori.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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Shop with confidence. "What a Wonderful World" is a pop ballad written by Bob Thiele (as "George Douglas") and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released in as a single, which topped the pop charts in the United Kingdom. With a friendship based on mutual admiration, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong recorded a series of classic songs and appeared together in many hit movies.
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