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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Howard Armstrong

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Howard "Louis Bluie" Armstrong was born on March 4, 1909, in Dayton, Tennessee. As a child, Armstrong was an avid learner. He played the mandolin, fiddle and guitar, among other instruments; learned to speak Italian, German, Polish, and Spanish; and began drawing and painting. Armstrong started playing in local bands as a teenager and recorded as part of the successful Martin, Bogan & Armstrong Trio before moving to Chicago in 1933. After serving in World War II, Armstrong supported his family as an assembly line worker in Detroit, but the Martin, Bogan & Armstrong Trio reunited in 1971 to perform and record several albums. Armstrong was fluent in seven languages and played twenty-two instruments. He was the subject of two documentary films, Louie Bluie (1985) and Sweet Old Song (2002), and the recipient of a National Heritage Award. Armstrong passed away on July 30, 2003 at the age of ninety-four.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
188 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Howard Armstrong
Howard Armstrong
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Boston, Massachusetts 2003 April 12.
Description
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 7 min., 15 sec.)) : sound, color
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