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Louis Armstrong, or Satchmo or Pops as people called him, was an American trumpeter and singer who was born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. He was also an influential singer with his instantly-recognizable gravelly voice, demonstrating great dexterity as an improvisor. He was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over" whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man.