Louis Prima

Born 7 December 1910. Died 24 August 1978
Louis Prima
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1910-12-07
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Louis Prima

Louis Prima Biography (Wikipedia)

Louis Leo Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, and jump blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career: he formed a seven-piece New Orleans-style jazz band in the late 1920s, fronted a swing combo in the 1930s and a big band group in the 1940s, helped to popularize jump blues in the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s, and performed frequently as a Vegas lounge act beginning in the 1950s.

From the 1940s through the 1960s, his music further encompassed early R&B and rock'n'roll, boogie-woogie, and even Italian folk music, such as the tarantella. Prima made prominent use of Italian music and language in his songs, blending elements of his Italian identity with jazz and swing music. At a time when "ethnic" musicians were often discouraged from openly stressing their ethnicity, Prima's conspicuous embrace of his Sicilian ethnicity opened the doors for other Italian-American and "ethnic" American musicians to display their ethnic roots.

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I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)
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I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)
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Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
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Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
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I'm In The Mood For Love
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I'm In The Mood For Love
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Just A Gigolo
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Just A Gigolo
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Jump Jive And Wail
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Jump Jive And Wail
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Pennies From Heaven
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Pennies From Heaven
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I Wanna Be Like You
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I Wanna Be Like You
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Buona Sera
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Buona Sera
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That Old Black Magic
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That Old Black Magic
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Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
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Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
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Paper Doll
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Paper Doll
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Señor Santa Claus
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Señor Santa Claus
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Basin Street Blues / When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Medley)
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Basin Street Blues / When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Medley)
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Jump, Jive, An' Wail
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Jump, Jive, An' Wail
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I Wanna Be Like You
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I Wanna Be Like You
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Angelina/Zooma Zooma (Medley)
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Angelina/Zooma Zooma (Medley)
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Angelina
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Angelina
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Sing Sing Sing
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Sing Sing Sing
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St Louis Blues
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St Louis Blues
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Oh Marie
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Oh Marie
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Beep! Beep!
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Beep! Beep!
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