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Louis Prima

Biography

Jazz singer, professional, trumpeter, and songwriter who have performed with Keely Smith. He got his superstar for the Hollywood Walk Of Popularity this year 2010. He previously a racially tolerant years as a child developing up with the dark community in New Orleans. He lowered out of senior high school and performed with groupings just like the Ellis Stratako Orchestra. He embraced rock and roll ‘n’ move, unlike a whole lot of various other traditional crooners like Frank Sinatra. He wedded five moments: first to Louise Polizzi in 1929, after that to Alma Ross in 1935, after that to Tracelene Barrett in 1948, after that to Keely Smith in 1953, and lastly to Gia Maione in 1962. Hearing Louis Armstrong prompted him to explore the jazz field.

Quick Facts


Full Name Louis Prima
Date Of Birth December 7, 1910
Died August 24, 1978, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Place Of Birth New Orleans, LA
Profession Jazz Singer
Education Jesuit High School
Nationality American
Spouse Gia Maione, Keely Smith, Tracelene Barrett, Alma Ross, Louise Polizzi, Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody, I Wan'na Be Like You, Angelina
Children Louis Prima Jr., Lena Prima, Toni Prima, Luanne Prima, Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody, I Wan'na Be Like You, Angelina
Parents Anthony Prima, Angelina Caravella, Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody, I Wan'na Be Like You, Angelina
Siblings Leon Prima, Marguerite Prima, Elizabeth Prima, Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody, I Wan'na Be Like You, Angelina
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Movies Louis Prima: The Wildest, Big Night, Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, The Jungle Book, The Continental Twist, Hey Boy! Hey Girl!, Rose of Washington Square, Start Cheering, Manhattan Merry-Go-Round, You Can't Have Everything
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1Posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
2Posthumously inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993.
3Brother-in-law of Madeline Prima.
4He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1615 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on July 25, 2010.
5Among his many accolades, with such recordings as "Jump Jive and Wail" written by Prima in 1939, and "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody", recorded in 1957, he is considered by many as one of the founding fathers of rock 'n roll.
6His music transcends many genres, he wrote with Barbara Belle and Anita Leonard, the standard "A Sunday Kind of Love", a song for Ella Fitzgerald in 1947 and later many others from The Harptones in 1953 (Do Wop) to Reba McEntire in 1988 (Country and Pop).
7Had two children with Gia Maione: Lena Prima and Louis Prima Jr..
8Brother of Leon Prima.
9He spent the last three years of his life in a coma, after undergoing an operation for the removal of a brain tumor in 1975, from which he never regained consciousness.
10Wrote and first recorded the Benny Goodman jazz standard "Sing Sing Sing".
11Following his death, he was interred at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana, in a gray marble crypt topped by a figure of Gabriel. The inscription on the crypt's door quotes the lyrics from one of his songs: "When the end comes, I know, they'll all say 'just a gigolo' as life goes on without me...".
12Already a celebrated swing singer and orchestra conductor, Louis Prima added his signature voice to memorable songs from The Jungle Book (1967) such as "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Best Friend's Girl2008writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites2008TV Movie performer: "When You're Smiling the Whole World Smiles with You" - uncredited
Bart Got a Room2008writer: "Sing Sing Sing With a Swing", "Sing Sing Sing"
We Own the Night2007performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody", "Should I"
The Sopranos2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
An American Girl on the Home Front2006TV Movie writer: "Sing Sing Sing With a Swing"
Mission: Impossible III2006"A Sunday Kind of Love"
Find Me Guilty2006performer: "When You're Smiling The Whole World Smiles with You"
Sleeping Dogs Lie2006/Iperformer: "When You're Smiling"
History Detectives2005TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Where the Truth Lies2005performer: "Josephine, Please No Lean on the Bell" 1945
Kicking & Screaming2005performer: "ZUMA ZUMA BACA LA"
Slovensko hladá SuperStar2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Carnivàle2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Volare2004/IIShort writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks2004TV Special writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
Malcolm in the Middle2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crooked Lines2003writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
Elf2003performer: "Pennies From Heaven" 1936
Miss Match2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina2003Documentary writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" 1936
The O.C.2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bright Young Things2003writer: "Sing Sing Sing"
Anger Management2003performer: "When You're Smiling The Whole World Smiles with You"
Sinatra: The Classic Duets2002TV Movie documentary performer: "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" - uncredited
Gilmore GirlsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
Below2002writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With A Swing"
Hyper2002Short music: "Sing Sing Sing"
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven2002Video Game performer: "'Long About Midnight", "Sing It 'Way Down Low", "I'm Living In A Great Big Way"
Livshunger2002TV Series music - 1 episode
The Majestic2001writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
Riding in Cars with Boys2001writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
Don't Say a Word2001performer: "Fee Fie Foo" / writer: "Fee Fie Foo"
Mostly Martha2001performer: "Angelina / Zooma Zooma Medley" / writer: "Angelina / Zooma Zooma Medley" - as Prima
Great Performances: Dance in AmericaTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2001 music - 1 episode, 2001
Undergrads2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Amy's Orgasm2001writer: "Oh Louie Oh Marie"
Pollock2000writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
The Crew2000performer: "Pennies from Heaven'
A Many Splintered Thing2000TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The 54th Annual Tony Awards2000TV Special writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
3rd Rock from the Sun2000TV Series music - 1 episode
Bored Silly2000performer: "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days"
My Dog Skip2000performer: "Chasing Shadows"
Liberty Heights1999writer: "A Sunday Kind of Love"
The Bachelor1999performer: "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody Medley"
One More Kiss1999performer: "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!"
Mickey Blue Eyes1999performer: "Just a Gigolo", "Buena Sera Senorita"
The 53rd Annual Tony Awards1999TV Special writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
Everybody Loves Raymond1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Swing1999performer: "Five Months Two Weeks Two Days"
The Out-of-Towners1999performer: "That Old Black Magic"
La fille sur le pont1999writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Barend en Van Dorp1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Analyze This1999performer: "When You're Smiling The Whole World Smiles With You", "The Sheik of Araby", "Angelina The Waitress At The Pizzeria", "Zooma Zooma" / writer: "Angelina The Waitress At The Pizzeria", "Zooma Zooma"
Blast from the Past1999performer: "That Old Black Magic"
The X-Files1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998Documentary writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Permanent Midnight1998performer: "WHEN YOU'RE SMILING THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU"
Dance with Me1998writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
City of Angels1998performer: "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop"
Lolita1997performer: "Civilization Bongo Bongo Bongo"
Deconstructing Harry1997writer: "Sing Sing Sing With a Swing" 1936
Weapons of Mass Distraction1997TV Movie performer: "JUMP, JIVE, 'N' WAIL" / writer: "JUMP, JIVE, 'N' WAIL"
Sprung1997writer: "Sunday Kind of Love"
Going All the Way1997"A Sunday Kind of Love"
TohuwabohuTV Series performer - 4 episodes, 1995 - 1997 arranger - 2 episodes, 1995 - 1997 writer - 2 episodes, 1997
Bogus1996performer: "Banana Split For My Baby" / writer: "Banana Split For My Baby"
Big Night1996performer: "Buona Sera", "Oh Marie", "Love of My Life O Sole Mio", "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days"
Casino1995performer: "Zooma Zooma", "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing", "Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South", "I'm Confessin' That I Love You" / writer: "Zooma Zooma", "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
Tarantella1995performer: "Bouna Sera"
Forget Paris1995performer: "Lazy River"
Destiny Turns on the Radio1995performer: "That old black magic" - end titles
Blue in the Face1995performer: "Brooklyn Boogie" / writer: "Brooklyn Boogie"
Smoke1995performer: "Brooklyn Boogie" / writer: "Brooklyn Boogie"
Cari fottutissimi amici1994performer: "ANGELINA", "ZOOMA ZOOMA" / writer: "SING SING SING", "ANGELINA", "ZOOMA ZOOMA"
Cobb1994performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Bert1994TV Series 1 episode
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Manhattan Murder Mystery1993writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing" 1936
Mad Dog and Glory1993performer: "That Old Black Magic" 1942, "Just a Gigolo" 1929, "I Ain't Got Nobody" 1915
Swing Kids1993writer: "SING, SING, SING WITH A SWING"
Sinatra1992TV Mini-Series writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Mr. Saturday Night1992performer: "When You're Smiling The Whole World Smiles with You"
Mac1992performer: "JUST A GIGOLO / I AIN'T GOT NOBODY"
The Butcher's Wife1991"SING, SING, SING"
The Man in the Family1991TV Series performer: "When You're Smiling"
American Experience1991TV Series documentary 1 episode
Queens Logic1991writer: "Sing Sing Sing With a Swing"
Awakenings1990writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Love Hurts1990writer: "SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE"
Chicago Joe and the Showgirl1990writer: "Sing Sing Sing" - uncredited
New York Stories1989writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Mystic Pizza1988performer: "I AIN'T GOT NOBODY"
Big Business1988writer: "Sing Sing Sing "
Vamp1986performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Power1986writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Speed1984Documentary short writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
DTV: Golden Oldies1984Video performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Racing with the Moon1984as L. Prima, "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
Shackin' Up1984writer: "Sing Sing Sing"
FameTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1983 music - 1 episode, 1982
Star 801983writer: "Sing Sing Sing"
On Location: Robert Klein at Yale1982TV Movie writer: "Sunday Kind of Love"
Zoot Suit1981writer: "Oh Babe" - uncredited
They All Laughed1981writer: "SING, SING, SING"
American Pop1981writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Raging Bull1980performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody" 1915
All That Jazz1979lyrics: "Sing, Sing, Sing" 1936 - uncredited / music: "Sing, Sing, Sing" 1936 - uncredited
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV Special writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
A Summer Without Boys1973TV Movie writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
The Dean Martin Show1966-1971TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Jungle Book1967performer: "I Wanna Be Like You The Monkey Song" 1967 - uncredited
The Man Called Flintstone1966performer: "Pensate Amore"
The Lawrence Welk Show1963TV Series writer - 1 episode
Four Hits and a Mister1962Short writer: "Gotta See Baby Tonight"
Jóvenes y rebeldes1961writer: "Canta, Canta, Canta Sing, Sing, Sing" - as L. Prima
Tallahassee 70001961TV Series writer - 1 episode
Route 661961TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dante1960TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hey Boy! Hey Girl!1959writer: "Banana Split for My Baby a Plain Glass of Water for Me", "Nitey Night"
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1957TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Benny Goodman Story1956writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Shack Out on 1011955writer: "A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE"
The Unholy Four1954writer: "Robin Hood"
Muscle Tussle1953Short music: "Tica ti - Tica ta" - uncredited
The Shining Future1944Short writer: "Sing, Sing. Sing" - uncredited
Dog Tired1942Short music: "Tica ti - Tica ta" - uncredited
The Wabbit Who Came to Supper1942Short music: "Tica ti - Tica ta" - uncredited
Porky's Cafe1942Short music: "Tica ti - Tica ta" - uncredited
Tica Ti Tica Ta1942Short writer: "Tica ti - Tica ta"
Rose of Washington Square1939performer: "Shine on, Harvest Moon", "I'm Just Wild About Harry" - uncredited
Swing Cat's Jamboree1938Short performer: "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans", "I Can't Give You Anything but Love", "Please Be Kind", "Loch Lomond" - uncredited
Hollywood Hotel1937music: "Sing, Sing, Sing" 1936 - uncredited
The Star Reporter in Hollywood1937Short performer: "Chinatown, My Chinatown"
You Can't Have Everything1937music: "Rhythm of the Radio" 1937 - uncredited / writer: "It's a Southern Holiday" - uncredited
Torture Money1937Short writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
After the Thin Man1936lyrics: "Sing Sing Sing With A Swing" 1936 - uncredited / music: "Sing Sing Sing With A Swing" 1936 - uncredited
Swing Banditry1936Short writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" - uncredited
Rhythm on the Range1936performer: "I'm an Old Cowhand From the Rio Grande", "If You Can't Sing It You'll Have to Swing It" - uncredited
Swing It1936Short performer: "Way Down Younder in New Orleans", "Lazy River", "Dinah", "Basin Street Blues", "Johnny, Get Your Gun"
South Park2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Allied2016writer: "Sing Sing Sing"
Strictly Come Dancing2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Term Life2016performer: "Hey, Boy! Hey, Girl!"
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.2015performer: "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days"
The Wedding Ringer2015writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With A Swing"
Swing2014/Iwriter: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Dancing with the StarsTV Series 2 episodes, 2013 - 2014 writer - 7 episodes, 2006 - 2014
Wir waren Könige2014performer: "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film2014Documentary performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" / writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Think Like a Man Too2014performer: "Jump, Jive an' Wail" / writer: "Jump, Jive an' Wail"
Jersey Boys2014writer: "Sunday Kind of Love"
Granite Flats2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Other Woman2014writer: "A Sunday Kind Of Love"
Independent Lens2013TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Midnight Swing2013Video short "Banana Split for my Baby"
Battle of the Year2013writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
Blood Ties2013/Iperformer: "When It's Sleepy Time Down South"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2013TV Series writer - 23 episodes
Call the MidwifeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
American Horror StoryTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
House M.D.2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards2012TV Special writer: "A Sunday Kind of Love"
How to Survive a Plague2012Documentary "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You"
So You Think You Can Dance2005-2011TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Dancing with the Stars2009-2011TV Series writer - 3 episodes
L.A. Noire2011Video Game "Sing Sing Sing"
The SimpsonsTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1994 - 2011 music - 3 episodes, 1994 - 2009
So You Think You Can Dance CanadaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Mafia II2010Video Game "OH MARIE" / performer: "CHE LA LUNA LUNA MEZZO MARE ", "THE CLOSER TO THE BONE THE SWEETER IS THE MEAT", "OH MARIE", "PENNIES FROM HEAVEN", "WHEN YOU'RE SMILING THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU" / writer: "SING, SING, SING WITH A SWING"
Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers2010TV Series music - 2 episodes
Shanghai2010writer: "Sing Sing Sing"
Treme2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
How to Make It in America2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentary performer: "That Old Black Magic"
Cold Case2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Capitalism: A Love Story2009Documentary writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With A Swing"
My Music: The Big Band Years2009TV Movie music: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Middle Men2009performer: "Buona Sera"
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story2009Documentary performer: "I Wanna Be Like You"
Banda sonoraTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2009 performer - 1 episode, 2007
An Education2009writer: "A Sunday Kind of Love"
Australia2008writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
One Tree Hill2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
De feu et de glace2008TV Movie writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Igor2008performer: "Pennies From Heaven", "Jump Jive N-Wail", "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home", "Beep! Beep!", "The Bigger The Figure" / writer: "Jump Jive N-Wail"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins1975Louis Prima
The Jungle Book1967King Louie of the Apes (voice)
The Continental Twist1961Louis Evans
Hey Boy! Hey Girl!1959Louis Prima
Senior Prom1958Louis Prima
Rhythm Masters1949ShortLouis Prima
Rose of Washington Square1939Band Leader
Start Cheering1938Conductor of his Band
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round1937Bandleader (uncredited)
You Can't Have Everything1937Orchestra Leader
Rhythm on the Range1936Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Swing It1936ShortLouis Prima - Band Leader
The Champ's a Chump1936ShortBand Leader Louis

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yes It Is1993Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Start Cheering1938composer: stock music - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Continental Twist1961presenter

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1972TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Vocalist
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Thomas Hour1968TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1965-1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Buona Sera in Las Vegas1965TV MovieHimself
The Steve Lawrence Show1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
An Evening with...1965TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Comedy Special1965TV SpecialHimself
The Bob Hope Show1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show1949-1962TV SeriesSinger / Himself / Himself - Singer / ...
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHimself - Recipient
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1957-1959TV SeriesHimself
Universal Special: The Wildest1958ShortHimself
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Big Record1958TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1954-1955TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The George Jessel Show1954TV SeriesHimself
Songs for Sale1952TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1948TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Musician
Swing Cat's Jamboree1938ShortHimself
The Star Reporter in Hollywood1937ShortHimself
Vitaphone Varieties1935ShortHimself - Bandleader

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Songbook Standards - As Time Goes By2015TV Movie
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Louis Prima: In Person!2010DocumentaryHimself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites2008TV MovieHimself
That Fellow in the Coat2008TV SeriesKing Louie
Banda sonora2007TV SeriesHimself
Legends2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Bare Necessities: The Making of 'The Jungle Book'2007Video documentary shortHimself - Voice of King Louie
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Soul Britannia2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Van Halen Story: The Early Years2003Video documentaryHimself
The Rat Pack1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Louis Prima: The Wildest!1999DocumentaryHimself
The Real Las Vegas1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song1992Video documentaryKing Louie
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Bare Necessities1987Video shortKing Louie
DTV: Golden Oldies1984VideoHimself
Playgirls International1963DocumentaryHimself
Jazz Ball1956TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn 25 July 2010. At 1615 N. Vine Street.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenThe Jungle Book (1967)· Larry Blake (produced by)
· Richard M. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Robert B. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Terry Gilkyson (music and lyrics by - "The Bare Necessities")
· Phil Harris (performed by)
· Bruce Reitherman (performed by)
· Darleen Carr (performed by)
· Bill Lee (performed by)
· Sebastian Cabot (performed by)
· Sterling Holloway (performed by)
· J. Pat O'Malley (performed by)
· Chad Stuart (performed by)
· Lord Tim Hudson (performed by)
· Digby Wolfe (performed by)


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