The incredible untold story of Louis Armstrong, an American original, an African American cultural touchstone, one of the most important figures in the history of Jazz, and one of the greatest American entertainers of the 20th century. From a dirt-poor boy raised amid the hustlers, pimps, and whores of turn-of-the-century New Orleans, Louis Armstrong mastered his music and became a figure larger than life. He helped create that most American of music genres: Jazz. Over his lifetime, he became one of the most recognizable personalities on the planet. He traveled the world, conquered music, radio, and film, overcame prejudice, spread joy, and convinced us all that this really can be "a wonderful world."
Part VI What A Wonderful World
Haters, too popular to be good, leave it all behind you, Knoxville, President Eisenhower and Little Rock, Africa, a Heart Attack, no slowing down, can I use your toilet?, enough!, Hello Dolly is a fxxking hit!, another Heart Attack, July 6, 1971, What a Wonderful World!,What a Wonderful World!, What a Wonderful World!, What a Wonderful World!, What a Wonderful World!,
Part V Something Louder Than Music
The Vipers and their gage, The king's challenge, Black Tuesday, arrested in LA, the Baltimore cold, back to New Orleans, London, my lip is my instrument, my first Christmas Tree and Poppa Joe dies of a broken heart
Part IV Chicago-New York-Chicago
Back with Poppa Joe in Chicago, Meeting Lil Harden, Fat little man with bald head, Linking Gardens, Freddie vs Louis, Lil had a car, "race records", Poppa Joe skimming, Fletcher Henderson, Harlem, The Roseland Ballroom, Back to Chicago, Al Capone, Birth of the Hot Five and Good Bye Momma
Daisy, Fate Marabel and the Mississippi River
Louis fancies Irene but Cheekie Black is not happy about it, the war ends, "no more shoveling coal", King Oliver heads north, Louis and Daisy tie the knot, poor Clarence, Fate Marabel hires Louis on the Dixie bell, playing 7 days a week-6 of them for the white folks and the King calls from Chicago
Part II The Most Beautiful Thing In The World
King Oliver, the Karnofsky's, baby Clarence, that beautiful horn, the end of the whores, drinking with momma and it's time to leave New Orleans...life in Storyville gets more exciting and more dangerous but that beautiful horn just might be the ticket out for Louis
Part I Where It All Began
Young Louis learns how to survive on the rough streets of Storyville, at least until New Years Eve 1912.