7 episodes

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 Workhouse Connect

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    • 4.6 • 329 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."

    Part VI: What A Wonderful World

    Part VI: What A Wonderful World

    Reno Wilson brings Louis Armstrong to life in POPS! The incredible story of Louis Armstrong's journey that took him from the hard streets of New Orleans to the most celebrated stages throughout the world.

    • 21 min
    Part V: Something Louder Than Music

    Part V: Something Louder Than Music

    Reno Wilson brings Louis Armstrong to life in POPS! The incredible story of Louis Armstrong's journey that took him from the hard streets of New Orleans to the most celebrated stages throughout the world.

    • 18 min
    Part IV: Chicago - New York - Chicago

    Part IV: Chicago - New York - Chicago

    Reno Wilson brings Louis Armstrong to life in POPS! The incredible story of Louis Armstrong's journey that took him from the hard streets of New Orleans to the most celebrated stages throughout the world.

    • 22 min
    Part III: Daisy, Fate Marabel and the Mississippi River

    Part III: Daisy, Fate Marabel and the Mississippi River

    Reno Wilson brings Louis Armstrong to life in POPS! The incredible story of Louis Armstrong's journey that took him from the hard streets of New Orleans to the most celebrated stages throughout the world.

    • 26 min
    Part II: The Most Beautiful Thing in the World

    Part II: The Most Beautiful Thing in the World

    Reno Wilson brings Louis Armstrong to life in POPS! The incredible story of Louis Armstrong's journey that took him from the hard streets of New Orleans to the most celebrated stages throughout the world.

    • 23 min
    Part I: In the Beginning

    Part I: In the Beginning

    Reno Wilson brings Louis Armstrong to life in POPS! The incredible story of Louis Armstrong's journey that took him from the hard streets of New Orleans to the most celebrated stages throughout the world.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
329 Ratings

329 Ratings

FashionandFaith ,

Wonderful Storytelling

I am loving this story so much. Beautifully acted. I love the stream of consciousness way Pops is telling the story…excellent! My only regret is that I didn’t wait until all 6 episodes were out to start listening—that way I could’ve binged!

iPhone User85 ,

Incredible music

Would love to have access to the soundtrack and/or several of the pieces featured in these episodes!

Stew94303 ,

Pops! The Louis Armstrong Story

Reno Wilson was brilliant as Louis Armstrong’s voice. The story told had me wishing to see this story told on stage.

Man! His righteous anger at the disrespect he received, did not diminish his love of life and the jazz, our original Black American creation to share with the world. He was our Ambassador to the world. It was not hard to believe his “Hello Dolly” beat the Beatles for number one, but we Americans should be ashamed that “What a Wonderful World” was a hit every where but here.

This shining work needs to be repeated and shared with so many more people. It will bring smiles and tears to so many.

Thanks for this marvelous series!
Stewart Hyland

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