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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."

POPS! The Louis Armstrong Story with Reno Wilson POPS! The Louis Armstrong Story with Reno Wilson

    • Arts
    • 4.6, 285 Ratings

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."

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
285 Ratings

285 Ratings

JPTomasso ,

Very special podcast!

I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast!! Even the few advertisements were in the voice of Louis Armstrong. Great to learn more about his life!

jordanbrianl ,

Impeccable production

This master class in acting and sound design. Kudos to the production team! It’s the best documentary-format podcast I’ve ever listened to.

pullingcardsslowly ,

Pops Extraordinary!

Reno Wilson’s performance is a complete immersion into the character of Louis Armstrong. The writing, musical choices, and sound design are excellent and supportive of his superlative performance. As a jazz musician and a descendant of four generations of actors, I know of what I speak. Kudos to all!
Theo Saunders

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