A visit to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, devoted to celebrating the life of one of the most popular figures in jazz music.

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> NEXT, WE'LL VISIT THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM IN CORONA, QUEENS, FOR THE JAZZ ICON'S BIRTHDAY, TRADITIONALLY CELEBRATED ON THE FOURTH OF JULY.

BORN IN 1901 IN NEW ORLEANS, ARMSTRONG'S INVENTIVE TRUMPET PLAYING, IMPROVISATIONAL STYLE, AND CHARISMATIC PERSONALITY MADE HIM ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND POPULAR FIGURES IN JAZZ.

KNOWN AS SATCHMO, SATCH, POPS OR LOUIE, ARMSTRONG MADE THIS MODEST HOUSE IN A WORKING-CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD HIS HOME FOR 28 YEARS.

HE LIVED THERE UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1971.

TODAY, IT REMAINS MUCH AS IT DID WHEN HE AND HIS WIFE LUCILLE LIVED THERE.

IT'S A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK AND A NEW YORK CITY LANDMARK.

THE HOUSE IS RUN BY QUEENS COLLEGE, WHICH HOLDS THE LARGEST PUBLIC ARCHIVE IN THE WORLD DEVOTED TO THIS JAZZ MUSICIAN.

IN THE SUMMER, CONCERTS FOR THE PUBLIC ARE HELD IN THE SCENIC, JAPANESE-INSPIRED GARDEN, ESPECIALLY ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, IN HONOR OF SATCHMO'S BIRTHDAY.

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THE MISSION OF THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM IS TO OPERATE LOUIS' HOUSE AS A HISTORIC HOUSE.

PEOPLE SHOW UP FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD EVERY DAY TO TAKE A TOUR OF IT.

LOUIS AND LUCILLE ARMSTRONG WERE MARRIED IN 1942, BOUGHT THIS HOUSE IN 1943, AND LIVED HERE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.

LOUIS PASSED AWAY IN 1971.

LUCILLE CONTINUED TO LIVE HERE UNTIL 1983 AND NOBODY HAS LIVED IN THE HOUSE SINCE LUCILLE ARMSTRONG.

IT'S FROZEN IN TIME.

ONE OF THE REMARKABLE THINGS ABOUT LOUIS ARMSTRONG LIVING IN THIS HOUSE IS THIS IS A WORKING CLASS, MIDDLE CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD IN QUEENS AND LOUIS, AT THE TIME THEY PURCHASED THE HOUSE, WAS ALREADY A SUPERSTAR.

LOUIS LOVED CORONA.

HE WOULD WALK TWO BLOCKS UP AND ONE BLOCK OVER TO JOE'S ARTISTIC BARBERSHOP, WAIT HIS TURN IN LINE, EXCHANGE NEWS WITH MEN IN THE COMMUNITY, AND GET HIS HAIR CUT THERE.

LOUIS LOVED THE KIDS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD MAYBE, IN PART, BECAUSE LOUIS WAS MARRIED FOUR TIMES AND NEVER HAD ANY CHILDREN BY HIS MARRIAGES HIMSELF.

THE LIVING ROOM IS THE LARGEST ROOM IN THE HOUSE.

THERE'S A WONDERFUL PORTRAIT OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG BY AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTIST NAMED CAL BAILEY.

LOUIS WAS TYPICALLY ON THE ROAD 300 DAYS PER YEAR, ALL OVER THE WORLD.

SO HE WOULD BRING BACK THINGS FROM HIS TRAVELS.

THE GUEST BATHROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR IS COVERED WITH MIRRORS, GOLD PLATED FIXTURES, AND A WHITE ONYX SINK.

LOUIS GREW UP VERY POOR.

HE AND HIS MOTHER AND SISTER LIVED IN A TWO ROOM HOUSE WITH A DIRT FLOOR AND NO INDOOR PLUMBING IN TURN OF THE CENTURY NEW ORLEANS.

SO TO HAVE A BATHROOM LIKE THIS, LOUIS WAS VERY PROUD OF IT.

FOR MANY PEOPLE, LUCILLE'S KITCHEN IS THEIR FAVORITE ROOM IN THE HOUSE.

THIS IS A STATE OF THE ART KITCHEN DESIGNED AND INSTALLED IN 1970.

THERE'S A STOVE, WHICH HAS SIX BURNERS, TWO OVENS, AND TWO BROILERS AND THERE'S A PLAQUE WHICH SAYS 'CUSTOM MADE BY CROWN FOR MR. AND MRS. LOUIS ARMSTRONG.'

THE DEN, IN MANY WAYS, IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ROOM IN THE HOUSE.

LOUIS SAT IN THIS CHAIR IN THE DEN AND AT THIS DESK, AND HE PRACTICED HIS TRUMPET.

HE WROTE LETTERS TO FRIENDS AND FANS.

HE TALKED ON THE TELEPHONE, WHEN HE WAS HOME, THIS IS WHERE HE SPENT MUCH OF HIS WAKING TIME.

ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING DISCOVERIES IN THE LOUIE ARMSTRONG COLLECTION, DISCOVERED HERE IN THIS HOUSE, WAS LOUIS'S HOME RECORDED TAPES.

THERE WERE 700 REELS OF TAPE, ABOUT HALF OF THEM ARE DUBS OF FAVORITE LP'S AND 78S.

BUT THE OTHER HALF OF THE TAPES ARE CANDIDLY RECORDED TAPES.

AT HOME IN CORONA, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK.

FEBRUARY 26, 1956.

FEBRUARY THE 6th.

CORRECTION.

FEBRUARY THE 6th.

HE WOULD JUST HIT THE RECORD BUTTON AND LET IT ROLL.

IT'S LOUIS PRACTICING HIS TRUMPET, LOUIS SWAPPING DIRTY JOKES AND BAND STORIES BACKSTAGE WITH MUSICIANS.

IT'S REALLY HOURS AND HOURS OF FLY ON THE WALL MOMENTS IN THE LIFE OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG.

AND AH, AS THIS RECORD PLAY ALONG, I THINK I'M GOING TO NOODLE A LITTLE WITH IT.

YOU KNOW, FOR OLD TIME'S SAKE.

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ONE OF THE MOST RECENT ACQUISITIONS IS THE ONLY KNOWN VIDEO OF LOUIS IN THE RECORDING STUDIO.

HE WENT INTO THE RECORDING STUDIO TO MAKE AN ALBUM.

SATCHMO PLAYS KING OLIVER.

AND THE PRODUCER HIRED A PROFESSIONAL FILM CREW TO FILM LOUIS MAKING THE ALBUM.

NOBODY HAD EVER DONE THIS BEFORE.

BUT DECADES LATER, THIS VIDEO RESURFACED AND RICKY RICARDI, OUR DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH COLLECTIONS, WAS ABLE TO ACQUIRE IT.

WE ALREADY HAD MOVIE FOOTAGE.

WE ALREADY HAD TV FOOTAGE.

WE HAD ALL THIS KIND OF STUFF.

BUT TO SEE HIM IN THE STUDIO, TO SEE THE CONCENTRATION, TO SEE, YOU KNOW, THE LAID BACK FEEL AND ALL THAT STUFF, JUST ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS.

AND THE KIND OF THING THAT NO ONE KNEW WAS OUT THERE.

WE'VE NOW ASSEMBLED THE WORLD'S LARGEST ARCHIVE, NOT JUST FOR LOUIS ARMSTRONG, BUT FOR ANY JAZZ MUSICIAN ANYWHERE.

HE'S ONE OF THE GREATEST MUSICIANS, ONE OF THE GREATEST HUMANITARIANS, GREATEST FIGURES IN THE WORLD, AND WE WANT TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT HIM, WHAT MADE HIM SO GREAT.

AND WHEN PEOPLE COME TO US, THEY LEARN ABOUT HIM THROUGH HIS OWN POSSESSIONS, WHICH IS A UNIQUE WAY TO LEARN ABOUT ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURY'S GREATEST ICONS.

THIS IS LOUIS ARMSTRONG'S LIBRARY.

THESE WERE ALL THE BOOKS FOUND IN THE HOUSE.

THIS IS 'FAMOUS AMERICAN NEGROS' BY LANGSTON HUGHES.

WE HAVE BOXES AND BOXES OF FAN LETTERS TO LOUIS ARMSTRONG.

THIS IS 'OLD SATCHMO HIMSELF, WHEREVER HE IS.'

THIS IS LOUIS ARMSTRONG'S RECORD COLLECTION.

HE LEFT BEHIND ABOUT 2,000 RECORDS.

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, CLASSICAL MUSIC.

WE HAVE ABOUT 17,000 PHOTOS.

WE HAVE SHEET MUSIC, THE ORIGINAL ARRANGEMENT OF 'WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD.'

I DON'T THINK ANYONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED IT AT THE TIME, BUT THIS BECAME BY FAR HIS MOST FAMOUS SONG.

THE SONG MOST PEOPLE ASSOCIATE WITH HIM.

PEOPLE ASK US ALL THE TIME 'WHAT WAS HE THINKING ABOUT WHEN HE RECORDED THE SONG?'

AND WE HAVE THE ANSWER ON TAPE.

IT'S SO MUCH IN A WONDERFUL WORLD THAT BRINGS ME BACK TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE I LIVE IN CORONA.

I SAW THREE GENERATIONS COME UP ON THAT BLOCK.

AND THEY'RE ALL WITH THEIR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, THEY COME BACK TO SEE UNCLE SATCHMO AND AUNT LUCILLE.

THAT'S WHY I SAY, 'I HEAR BABIES CRYING.

I WATCH THEM GROW.

THEY'LL LEARN MUCH MORE THAN I'LL EVER KNOW.'

AND I'M LOOKING AT ALL THEM KIDS' FACES.

♪ AND I THINK TO MYSELF WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD ♪ ♪♪