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Louis Armstrong

Geburtstag: 4. August 1901
Todesdatum: 6. Juli 1971
Andere Namen: Louis Daniel Armstrong

Louis Daniel „Satchmo“ Armstrong war ein amerikanischer Jazztrompeter, Sänger und Schauspieler.

„Wenn Du immer noch fragen musst, schäme Dich!“

—  Louis Armstrong

auf die Frage, was Jazz sei
Original engl.: If you still have to ask, shame on you - zitiert nach Max Jones et. al.: "Salute to Satchmo", I.P.C. Specialist & Professional Press Ltd 1970, Seite 25
oft falsch zitiert als "Man, if you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."

„All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.“

—  Louis Armstrong

Variante: All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.

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„Making money ain't nothing exciting to me. … You might be able to buy a little better booze than some wino on the corner. But you get sick just like the next cat, and when you die you're just as graveyard dead as he is.“

—  Louis Armstrong

Ebony magazine, November 1964 http://books.google.com/books?id=G98DAAAAMBAJ&q=%22making+money+ain't+nothing+exciting+to+me%22+%22You+might+be+able+to+buy+a+little+better+booze+than+some+wino+on+the+corner+But+you+get+sick+just+like+the+next+cat+and+when+you+die+you're+just+as+graveyard+dead+as+he+is%22&pg=PA138#v=onepage

„Seems to me it ain't the world that's so bad but what we're doing to it, and all I'm saying is: see what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love, baby - love. That's the secret.“

—  Louis Armstrong

Spoken intro to "What a Wonderful World" (1970 version)
Kontext: Seems to me, it aint the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it. And all I'm saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we'd solve lots more problems. And then this world would be a gasser. That's wha' ol' Pops keeps saying.
Kontext: Some of you young folks been saying to me, "Hey Pops, what you mean 'What a wonderful world'? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? That aint so wonderful either." Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute. Seems to me, it aint the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it. And all I'm saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we'd solve lots more problems. And then this world would be a gasser. That's wha' ol' Pops keeps saying.

„What we play is life.“

—  Louis Armstrong

Variante: What we play is life.
Quelle: Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words: Selected Writings

„If you still have to ask, shame on you“

—  Louis Armstrong

Armstrong's response to the question what jazz is, cited by Max Jones et. al.: "Salute to Satchmo", I.P.C. Specialist & Professional Press Ltd 1970, page 25
Often misquoted as "Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know." Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (third edition)

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