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Born in to poverty, Louis became one of the world's leading jazz musicians against the odds. Read his fascinating story...
Louis Armstrong, also known as 'Satchmo' or 'Pops' was born on the 4th of August, 1901 to a poor family in New Orleans. Life was tough early on. His father abandoned the family shortly after Louis was born and Armstrong and his younger sister were brought up by their mother and grandmother. His mother turned to prostitution to make money for the family and Louis took many odd jobs to help his family make ends meet.
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