Photograph by Herbert Behrens / Anefo (CC BY-SA 3.0)
(1901 - 1971)
Growing up in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, Louis Armstrong learned to play cornet while at a home for juvenile delinquents. In the 1930s he toured America and Europe, becoming a dominant influence on the swing era and one of the originators of scat singing. The bandleader, comedian, and film star died at the age of seventy-one.