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Louis Prima

Louis Prima and Keely Smith singing for the radio in the 1950s
Background information
Birth name Louis Prima
Also known as The King of the Swingers
Born December 7, 1910
Origin Flag of the United States New Orleans, Louisiana
Died August 24, 1978 (aged 67)
Genre(s) Swing
Rhythm and blues
Traditional pop
Jump blues
Occupation(s) Singer, Entertainer, Trumpeter, Bandleader
Instrument(s) Vocals, Trumpet
Years active 1920s - 1975
Website Official Website

Louis Prima (December 7, 1910August 24, 1978) was an American entertainer, singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. He was referred to as the King of the Swingers. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the 1920s, then successively leading a Swing combo in the 1930s, a Big Band in the 1940s, a Vegas lounge act in the 1950s, and a pop-rock go-go band in the 1960s. In each of his musical endeavors, he incorporated his exuberant personality into his act. Louis Prima & Keely Smith, American singers. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... NOLA redirects here. ... is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Swing music, also known as swing jazz, is a form of jazz music that developed during the 1920s and had solidified as a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists. ... mainstream pop music Traditional pop music is a neologism for Western popular music which encompasses music that succeeded big band music and preceded rock and roll as the most popular kind of music in the United States, most of Europe, and some other parts of the world. ... Jump blues is a type of up-tempo blues music influenced by big band sound. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... An entertainer is someone who is hired to entertain people. ... A trumpeter may be one of several things: A trumpeter is a musician who plays the trumpet. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Swing music, also known as swing jazz, is a form of jazz music that developed during the 1920s and had solidified as a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Lounge music refers to music played in the lounges and bars of hotels and casinos, or at standalone piano bars. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...

Contents

Biography

Origins

Of all the musical giants of the past seven decades, since the days of the big swing bands and Dixieland jazz, there is one who stands out among them all as the greatest contributor towards modern music and the course it eventually took. His name is Louis Prima and it all started when he left his home in New Orleans,Louisiana with his band, The New Orleans Gang, and opened at the Famous Door on 52nd Street in New York City in 1933. A new era of music began, with Louis coining such expressions as "swing" and other "hep" sayings like "solid jack," "crazy man," and many more. Later, it was decided to name Benny Goodman the King of Swing, but only as a result of a big hit on the song Sing Sing Sing, written by Louis Prima. The swing trend continued through the Prima drive. His music eventually topped the sales of the then number one band, Guy Lombardo. In 1944, Louis and his twenty-two piece orchestra scored a tremendous hit with million seller "plus" entitled Angelina. It started the entire country talking about pizza, veal parmigiana, pasta fagiole, and antipasto. Prima continued to create hit recordings throughout the Big Band era with songs like Robin Hood, I’ll Walk Alone, Josephina, Please No Squeeza Da Banana, Bacciagaloop, Felicia No Capicia, Civilization and on and on.Louis made history in the theatres, breaking house records wherever he appeared. The Palace Theatre, Cleveland -The Metropolitan, Providence - The Earl, Philadelphia - The Adams, Newark - The Downtown, Detroit - The Oriental, Chicago.


In the 1950s, Elvis Presley had the country "All Shook Up" and when asked where he got the wiggle, he replied, "From Louis Prima, of course." Louis knew that the times were changing and if he wanted to stay on top, he would have to change as well. He down-sized the big band to a small group he named The Witnesses and added the sounds and talents of the great sax-man Sam Butera. He performed magic again by developing a shuffle beat, combined with a New Orleans southern rock sound,and added the wailing sax .The string of hits that followed included Just a Gigolo - I Ain't Got Nobody, Buona Sera, Zooma-Zooma, When You're Smilin', and many others. Louis was also awarded the first Grammy award in the Vocal Group category for his knockout rendition of That Old Black Magic in 1959.Louis Prima was the "Big Daddy" of them all : the leader of the most talked about attraction in America. In night clubs from coast to coast. . .on theater screens. . .on television. . .on stage. . .on recordings. . .wherever discriminating audiences gathered for exciting entertainment, they looked first for Louis Prima. In 1966 Louis was approached by Walt Disney to do an animated feature film for him. He became the voice of King Louie, the orangutan, in the award winning Disney production of "The Jungle Book." The film was nominated for an Oscar and Louis received a gold album for the sound-track recording. Louis’ award winning composition "Sing Sing Sing" was placed into the Grammy Hall of Fame. During the 1960s and 1970s Louis continued to break attendance records at The Sahara Hotel, The Sands Hotel, The Hilton and Tropicana Hotels in Las Vegas, Harrah's Reno and Tahoe, The Copacabana in New York City, The Palmer House, Chicago, Ben Maksik's Town and Country, New York, The Bachelors Three, Fort Lauderdale, and theaters in the round throughout the country. Although he passed away on August 24, 1978, his legend and music live on. In the late 1990s, the "Gap" stores brought Louis and swing music to the attention of a whole new generation. Their television commercial, "Khakis Swing" used another great song that Louis wrote and recorded entitled "Jump, Jive and Wail." This song and commercial gave life to such latter day swing groups as The Cherry Poppin Daddies ,Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, The Royal Crown Revue, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.


In the truest sense of the words, Louis Prima was a "star." His name alone commanded top billing for some forty-seven years. From the time he was eighteen years old and the leader of his own group, Louis set a standard of showmanship seldom equaled and never surpassed!! He continues to receive the highest compliment that show business can convey - imitation!! Louis Prima's style is more than an exciting entertainment spectacle; it is a goal to which performers will always aspire. His music is just as refreshing today as the day he first played it.


Legacy

The Prima-Butera arrangements and recordings continued to be copied by younger musicians, including David Lee Roth, who covered his medley of "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody" in the 1980s, and Brian Setzer, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and other nouveau swing bands of the 1990s, covering such Prima standards as "Jump, Jive and Wail". The pop band Smash Mouth mentioned his name in the song "Heave-Ho" (from their album Fush Yu Mang), and covered "I Wanna Be Like You" for the soundtrack album of The Jungle Book. "I Wanna Be Like You" was also covered by Los Lobos, and by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for the soundtrack of the 1996 movie, "Swingers". The surviving original members of Bill Haley & His Comets have recorded and performed several of Prima's songs since the mid-1990s, most notably "Buona Sera", which they dedicate to Prima's memory. Alex Harvey and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band also came under the spell of Louis Prima. David Lee Roth (sometimes referred to as Diamond Dave) (born 10 October 1953, Bloomington, Indiana) is a American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality, best known for his work with the band Van Halen. ... Things commonly known as Just a Gigolo include: Just a Gigolo — the 1931 film Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo — the 1979 film whose English title was Just a Gigolo Just a Gigolo — the song Category: ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing band from southern California. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Fush Yu Mang, released in 1997, is the first full length album from the San Jose, California rock band Smash Mouth. ... I Wanna Be Like You is a widely popular song from Walt Disneys film The Jungle Book (1967). ... The Jungle Book is the nineteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... I Wanna Be Like You is a widely popular song from Walt Disneys film The Jungle Book (1967). ... Los Lobos is an American rock band, heavily influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country music, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as boleros and norteños. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


Prima's original recordings have also featured in many films, including Mad Dog and Glory, Big Night, Mickey Blue Eyes,Casino, Swingers, Kicking and Screaming, Elf, and Analyze This. Mad Dog and Glory is a 1993 film written by Richard Price and directed by John McNaughton. ... Big Night is a 1996 American motion picture drama with comedic overtones directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci. ... Mickey Blue Eyes is a 1999 film directed by Kelly Makin. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Swingers is a film released in 1996 about the lives of single, unemployed actors living in Los Angeles, California. ... Kicking and Screaming (1995) is a film by Noah Baumbach about a group of college graduates who refuse to move on with their lives, each in his own peculiar way. ... A small forest elf (älva) rescuing an egg, from Solägget (1932), by Elsa Beskow An elf is a creature of Germanic mythology which still survives in northern European folklore. ... Analyze This is a 1999 movie produced by Warner Brothers Studios. ...


Prima's son, Louis Prima, Jr., has continued to perform songs from the Prima songbook.


References


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Louis Prima (592 words)
Although Prima broke up the band in 1949, he stayed with Smith and worked the lounge circuit, marrying her in 1952 (she was his fourth wife).
Prima and Smith sang and joked up a storm, Butera and his band, the Witnesses, played a smoking blend of jazz, pop, and New Orleans R&B, and the material was considered pretty risque for its time.
Prima's act was becoming passe in Vegas in the early 1970s, so he moved with Butera back to New Orleans, getting steady if not spectacular work for the tourist crowd.
Louis Prima - Music Downloads - Online (1115 words)
Prima's band during this time was anchored by tenor saxophonist Sam Butera, whose grounding in jump blues and New Orleans R&B was a perfect match.
Louis Prima was born December 7, 1911 in New Orleans, LA, to an Italian family who'd emigrated to the U.S. by way of Argentina.
Prima and Smith's comic banter was riddled with sexual innuendo, and they sometimes rewrote the lyrics to popular standards in the same spirit; meanwhile, Butera's jump blues/R&B background kept the music equally lively.
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