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Fans Commemorate Louis Armstrong's 100th Birthday

Born Louis Daniel, jazz great Louis Armstrong would later be nicknamed "Satchmo" and "Pops." But on Saturday, the 100 th anniversary of his birth, many fans simply call him one of the greatest musicians of the last century.Thanks to his music — like the classic tune "What a Wonderful World" — Armstrong's legacy lives on, and his songs continue to make our world a wonderful one."The only question is the magnitude of his genius, not whether he was a genius," said jazz musician and author Wynton Marsalis. "He transformed the world of music."Although Armstrong died 30 years ago, fans still make pilgrimages to his New York City house — which will soon be converted into a museum."He thought nothing of talking through the window, ringing my bell," said Selma Heraldo, a neighbor of Armstrong's. "My mother loved to cook, so he was forever asking my mother what she was cooking."Just about everything of value from the Armstrong residence is now in the archives of New York's Queens College — where...

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