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.After age five, Louis lives in a two room house near Liberty and Perdido Streets with his mother and sister, Beatrice (who was nicknamed Mama Lucy). "Forms a vocal quartet with three other boys and performs on street corners for tips.The Karnofskys, a family of Russian Jewish immigrants, hires Louis to work on their junk wagon.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.
By that point, Armstrong began dating the pianist in the band, Lillian Hardin.An early job working for the Jewish Karnofsky family allowed Armstrong to make enough money to purchase his first cornet.On New Year’s Eve 1912, he was arrested and sent to the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys.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.
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.