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Louis Armstrong's cigar box guitar

Taken from Louis Armstrong's Biography 1966 & The Story of Jazz from the 1890's to the 1960's

July 4th 1900-"Not unlike jazz itself, Daniel Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong was born in a black-of-town part of New Orleans. His musical ability became evident early. As a boy he sang for pennies and formed part of a strolling quartet in which he played a cigar-box-guitar"