Louis Armstrong’s Lips

Louis Armstrong, famed trumpeter of the American Jazz Age, suffered from callouses on his lips. These callouses, similar to the callouses guitarists get on the fingers, are common among trumpet players; however, Armstrong’s solution to them was not. Every four or five years he would cut the callouses off with a razor blade and then spend the next several months recovering.

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“Louis Armstrong: An American Genius” by James Lincoln Collier

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By World-Telegram staff photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons