Lil Hardin Armstrong (Jazz Singer)

Lil Hardin Armstrong

Lillian Hardin Armstrong was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader. She was the second wife of Louis Armstrong, with whom she collaborated on many recordings in the 1920s. Her compositions include “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue”, “Don’t Jive Me”, “Two Deuces”, “Knee Drops”, “Doin’ the Suzie-Q”, “Just for a Thrill”, “Clip Joint”, and “Bad Boy”. Armstrong was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Birth name: Lillian Hardin
Born: February 3, 1898, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Died: August 27, 1971, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres: Jazz
Occupation(s): Musician, composer, bandleader, singer
Instruments: Piano, vocals
Associated acts: Louis Armstrong, King Oliver
IMDb: Lil Hardin Armstrong’s IMDb

About Lil Hardin Armstrong

Jazz singer, pianist, and bandleader who collaborated with her husband Louis Armstrong.

Before Fame

She took her first piano lessons in the third grade.


She briefly stopped her singing career in the 1940s to pursue a career as a tailor.

Family Life

She divorced her husbands Jimmie Johnson and Louis Armstrong.


Armstrong’s song “Just For a Thrill” was covered by Ray Charles.

Information related to Lil Hardin Armstrong

  • Jazz songwriters
  • New York College of Music alumni
  • Musicians who died on stage
  • American female jazz musicians
  • African-American jazz composers
  • African-American jazz pianists
  • 20th-century jazz composers
  • Fisk University alumni
  • Jazz musicians from Illinois
  • Women conductors (music)
  • Musicians from Memphis, Tennessee
  • American female composers
  • American female jazz singers
  • American jazz bandleaders
  • African-American female singers
  • Musicians from Chicago
  • American jazz singers

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