A Sicilian-American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. 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 band in the 1960s. In each of his musical endeavors, he incorporated his exuberant personality into his act
Prima charted with íThat Old Black Magicí singing duo with Keely Smith.
He married Smith but it ended up in a divorce in 1960.
Prima's 1936 composition, "Sing Sing Sing", which he had released with the New Orleans Gang in March, 1936 as a Brunswick 78, Brunswick 7628, with "It's Been So Long" as the B side, became one of his biggest hits and one of the most covered standards of the swing era; Benny Goodman's performance of the song at Carnegie Hall with a featured performance by Gene Krupa on drums has become iconic.
He died from complications due to pneumonia, on June 3, 2009.
Also in 2008, Louis Prima was posthumously inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Noted songs include
JUMP, JIVE AND WALE
JUST A GIGOLO
SING, SING, SING
I AINíT GOT NOBODY
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