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Louis Prima (1910–1978)


Born in New Orleans' French Quarter, Louis Prima longed to play jazz. When he was a child, he studied the violin. His older brother Leon took up trumpet while Louis was still quite young, and he soon followed in his brother's footsteps. He played in clubs like "The Famous Door" in the 1930s, and by the time the 1940s rolled around, Prima and his ... See full bio »

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 2014 Think Like a Man Too (performer: "Jump, Jive an' Wail") / (writer: "Jump, Jive an' Wail")
 2014 Jersey Boys (writer: "Sunday Kind of Love")
 2014 Granite Flats (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Boundaries (2014) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" - uncredited)
 2014 The Other Woman (writer: "A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE")
 2013 Midnight Swing (Video short) ("Banana Split for my Baby")
 2009-2013 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Switch-Up Challenge (2013) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
- Week 2 (2012) ... ("Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days") / (writer: "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days")
- Performance Show: Week Ten (2012) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
- Round Two (2011) ... (writer: "Jump, Jive an' Wail")
- Round Seven (2009) ... (writer: "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)" - uncredited)
 2013 Battle of the Year (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2010-2013 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 23 episodes)
- Episode #21.149 (2013) ... (writer: "Jump Jive An' Wail" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.119 (2013) ... (writer: "Jump Jive An' Wail" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.110 (2013) ... (writer: "Jump Jive An' Wail" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.40 (2012) ... (writer: "Jump Jive An' Wail" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.1 (2012) ... (writer: "Jump Jive An' Wail" - uncredited)
  Call the Midwife (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Episode #2.2 (2013) ... (performer: "Jump, Jive an' Wail" - uncredited) / (writer: "Jump, Jive an' Wail" - uncredited)
  American Horror Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Madness Ends (2013) ... (performer: "Jump, Jive, An' Wail" - uncredited) / (writer: "Jump, Jive, An' Wail", "Jump Jive An' Wail" - uncredited)
 2012 House M.D. (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Everybody Dies (2012) ... (performer: "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)")
 2012 The 54th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "A Sunday Kind of Love")
 2012 How to Survive a Plague (Documentary) ("I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You")
 2005-2011 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- 2 of 20 Voted Off (2011) ... (writer: "Jump, Jive an' Wail")
- Top 10 Perform (2006) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
- Top 10 (2005) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 2009-2011 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #11.6 (2011) ... (writer: "Jump, Jive, an' Wail" - uncredited)
- Episode #11.4 (2011) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" - uncredited)
- Episode #9.4 (2009) ... (writer: "Sing Sing Sing" - uncredited)
  The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1994 - 2011) (music - 3 episodes, 1994 - 2009)
- Flaming Moe (2011) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" - uncredited)
- Coming to Homerica (2009) ... (music: "Sing, Sing, Sing" - uncredited)
- Simpsons Christmas Stories (2005) ... (music: "Sing Sing Sing" - uncredited)
- Make Room for Lisa (1999) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" - uncredited)
- Another Simpsons Clip Show (1994) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
  So You Think You Can Dance Canada (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Top 16 Results (2010) ... (performer: "Sing Sing Sing Part 1" (81neutronz and Sergio Trujillo remix)) / (writer: "Sing Sing Sing Part 1" (81neutronz and Sergio Trujillo remix))
 2010 Shanghai (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 2010 Treme (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Do You Know What It Means (2010) ... (performer: "Buona Sera" - uncredited)
 2010 How to Make It in America (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Crisp (2010) ... (performer: "That Old Black Magic")
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "That Old Black Magic")
 2009 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- WASP (2009) ... (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 2009 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mash-Up (2009) ... (writer: "Sing Sing Sing" - uncredited)
 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story (Documentary) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)")
 2009 My Music: The Big Band Years (TV Movie) (music: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 2009 Middle Men (performer: "Buona Sera")
 2009 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (Documentary) (performer: "I Wanna Be Like You")
  Banda sonora (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 2009) (performer - 1 episode, 2007)
- Episode #5.6 (2009) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
- Episode #1.12 (2007) ... (performer: "Just a Gigolo")
 2009 An Education (writer: "A Sunday Kind of Love")
 2008 Australia (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2008 One Tree Hill (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me) (2008) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) (Parts 1 & 2)" - uncredited)
 2008 De feu et de glace (TV Movie) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 2008 Igor (performer: "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")
 2008 My Best Friend's Girl (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 2008 That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites (TV Movie) (performer: "When You're Smiling (the Whole World Smiles with You)" - uncredited)
 2008 Bart Got a Room (writer: "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)", "Sing Sing Sing")
 2007 We Own the Night (performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody", "Should I")
 2007 The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Remember When (2007) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2006 An American Girl on the Home Front (TV Movie) (writer: "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)")
 2006 Mission: Impossible III ("A Sunday Kind of Love")
 2006 Find Me Guilty (performer: "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)")
 2006/I Sleeping Dogs Lie (performer: "When You're Smiling")
 2005 History Detectives (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Home for Unwed Mothers/Long Expedition Encampment/Evelyn Nesbit Portrait (2005) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" - uncredited)
 2005 Where the Truth Lies (performer: "Josephine, Please No Lean on the Bell" (1945))
 2005 Kicking & Screaming (performer: "ZUMA ZUMA BACA LA")
 2005 Carnivàle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Road to Damascus (2005) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" - uncredited)
 2004/II Volare (Short) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 2004 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks (TV Movie) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2004 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dewey's Special Class (2004) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2003 Crooked Lines (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2003 Elf (performer: "Pennies From Heaven" (1936))
 2003 Miss Match (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2003) ... (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 2003 Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (Documentary) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" (1936))
 2003 The O.C. (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Gamble (2003) ... (writer: "Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing)")
 2003 Bright Young Things (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 2003 Anger Management (performer: "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)")
 2002 Sinatra: The Classic Duets (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" - uncredited)
  Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2002) (writer - 1 episode, 2002)
- They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? (2002) ... (performer: "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)") / (writer: "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)")
 2002 Below (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)")
 2002 Hyper (Short) (music: "Sing Sing Sing")
 2002 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (Video Game) (performer: "'Long About Midnight", "Sing It 'Way Down Low", "I'm Living In A Great Big Way")
 2002 Livshunger (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2002) ... (music: "SING SING SING")
 2001 The Majestic (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2001 Riding in Cars with Boys (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing [With a Swing]")
 2001 Don't Say a Word (performer: "Fee Fie Foo") / (writer: "Fee Fie Foo")
 2001 Mostly Martha (performer: "Angelina - Zooma Zooma (Medley)")
  Great Performances: Dance in America (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2001) (music - 1 episode, 2001)
- From Broadway: Fosse (2001) ... (lyrics: "Sing, Sing, Sing") / (music: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 2001 Undergrads (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Drunks (2001) ... (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 2001 Amy's Orgasm (writer: "Oh Louie (Oh Marie)")
 2000 Pollock (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 2000 The Crew (performer: "Pennies from Heaven')
 2000 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Shall We Dick? (2000) ... (music: "Sing! Sing! Sing!" - uncredited)
 2000 Bored Silly (performer: "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days")
 2000 My Dog Skip (performer: "Chasing Shadows")
 1999 Liberty Heights (writer: "A Sunday Kind of Love")
 1999 The Bachelor (performer: "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody (Medley)")
 1999 One More Kiss (performer: "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!")
 1999 Mickey Blue Eyes (performer: "Just a Gigolo", "Buena Sera Senorita")
 1999 Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dancing with Debra (1999) ... (writer: "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)" - uncredited)
 1999 Swing (performer: "Five Months Two Weeks Two Days")
 1999 The Out-of-Towners (performer: "That Old Black Magic")
 1999 The Girl on the Bridge (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1999 Barend en Van Dorp (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 10 March 1999 (1999) ... (writer: "Jump Jive and Wail")
 1999 Analyze This (performer: "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")
 1999 Blast from the Past (performer: "That Old Black Magic")
 1998 The X-Files (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Triangle (1998) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" - uncredited)
 1998 The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Documentary) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1998 Permanent Midnight (performer: "WHEN YOU'RE SMILING (THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU)")
 1998 Dance with Me (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 1998 City of Angels (performer: "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop")
 1997 Lolita (performer: "Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo)")
 1997 Deconstructing Harry (writer: "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)" (1936))
 1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Movie) (performer: "JUMP, JIVE, 'N' WAIL") / (writer: "JUMP, JIVE, 'N' WAIL")
 1997 Sprung (writer: "Sunday Kind of Love")
 1997 Going All the Way ("A Sunday Kind Of Love")
  Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes, 1995 - 1997) (arranger - 2 episodes, 1995 - 1997) (writer - 2 episodes, 1997)
- Tralala 2 bzw. 40 (1997) ... (arranger: "Oh Marie" - uncredited) / (performer: "Oh Marie" - uncredited)
- Unplugged (42) (1997) ... (performer: "Oh Marie" - uncredited) / (writer: "Oh Marie" - uncredited)
- Op. (Opossum) 21 (1995) ... (arranger: "Oh Marie" - uncredited) / (performer: "Oh Marie" - uncredited)
- The Best of Last Songs ... (performer: "Oh Marie" - uncredited) / (writer: "Oh Marie" - uncredited)
 1996 Bogus (performer: "Banana Split For My Baby") / (writer: "Banana Split For My Baby")
 1996 Big Night (performer: "Buona Sera", "Oh Marie", "Love of My Life (O Sole Mio)", "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days")
 1995 Casino (performer: "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)")
 1995 Tarantella (performer: "Bouna Sera")
 1995 Forget Paris (performer: "Lazy River")
 1995 Destiny Turns on the Radio (performer: "That old black magic" - end titles)
 1995 Blue in the Face (performer: "Brooklyn Boogie") / (writer: "Brooklyn Boogie")
 1995 Smoke (performer: "Brooklyn Boogie") / (writer: "Brooklyn Boogie")
 1994 Cari fottutissimi amici (performer: "ANGELINA", "ZOOMA ZOOMA") / (writer: "SING SING SING", "ANGELINA", "ZOOMA ZOOMA")
 1994 Cobb (performer: "That Old Black Magic")
 1994 Bert (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Min älskling du är som en tulipan (1994) ... ("SING SING")
 1994 Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The National Pastime (1994) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" (1936))
 1993 Mad Dog and Glory (performer: "That Old Black Magic" (1942), "Just a Gigolo" (1929), "I Ain't Got Nobody" (1915))
 1993 Swing Kids (writer: "SING, SING, SING (WITH A SWING)")
 1992 Sinatra (TV Movie) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night (performer: "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)")
 1992 Mac (performer: "JUST A GIGOLO / I AIN'T GOT NOBODY")
 1991 The Butcher's Wife ("SING, SING, SING")
 1991 The Man in the Family (TV Series) (performer: "When You're Smiling")
 1991 The American Experience (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Coney Island (1991) ... ("Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 1991 Queens Logic (writer: "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)")
 1990 Awakenings (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1990 Love Hurts (writer: "SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE")
 1990 Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (writer: "Sing Sing Sing" - uncredited)
 1989 New York Stories (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1988 Mystic Pizza (performer: "I AIN'T GOT NOBODY")
 1988 Big Business (writer: "SING SING SING")
 1986 Power (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1984 Speed (Documentary short) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1984 DTV: Golden Oldies (Video) (performer: "That Old Black Magic")
 1984 Racing with the Moon (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)" - as L. Prima)
  Fame (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1983) (music - 1 episode, 1982)
- Fame on Tour: Happy Birthday Israel (1983) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
- The Kids from Fame in Concert (1983) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (with a swing)" - uncredited)
- Come One, Come All (1982) ... (music: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1983 Star 80 (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 1982 On Location: Robert Klein at Yale (TV Movie) (writer: "Sunday Kind of Love")
 1981 They All Laughed (writer: "SING, SING, SING")
 1981 American Pop (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1980 Raging Bull (performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody" (1915))
 1979 All That Jazz (lyrics: "Sing, Sing, Sing" (1936) - uncredited) / (music: "Sing, Sing, Sing" (1936) - uncredited)
 1978 The 32nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 1977 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Broderick Crawford/Levon Helm/Dr. John/The Meters (1977) ... (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 1973 A Summer Without Boys (TV Movie) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1966-1971 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 16 December 1971 (1971) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 22 September 1966 (1966) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" - uncredited)
 1967 The Jungle Book (performer: "I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" (1967) - uncredited)
 1966 The Man Called Flintstone (performer: "Pensate Amore")
 1963 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.46 (1963) ... (writer: "Tica-Ti, Tica-Ta" - uncredited)
 1961 Jóvenes y rebeldes (writer: "Canta, Canta, Canta (Sing, Sing, Sing)" - as L. Prima)
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Play It Glissando (1961) ... (writer: "A Sunday Kind of Love" - uncredited)
 1960 Dante (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Punch from Judy (1960) ... (writer: "Sunday Kind of Love")
 1959 Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (writer: "Banana Split for My Baby a Plain Glass of Water for Me", "Nitey Night")
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Louis Prima and Keely Smith (1958) ... (performer: "I Can't Believe You're in Love with Me")
 1957 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.6 (1957) ... (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" - uncredited)
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1955 Shack Out on 101 (writer: "A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE")
 1954 The Unholy Four (writer: "Robin Hood")
 1953 Muscle Tussle (Short) (music: "Tica ti - Tica ta" - uncredited)
 1944 The Shining Future (Short) (writer: "Sing, Sing. Sing")
 1942 Dog Tired (Short) (music: "Tica ti - Tica ta" - uncredited)
 1942 The Wabbit Who Came to Supper (Short) (music: "Tica ti - Tica ta" - uncredited)
 1942 Porky's Cafe (Short) (music: "Tica ti - Tica ta" - uncredited)
 1942 Tica Ti Tica Ta (Short) (writer: "Tica ti - Tica ta")
 1939 Rose of Washington Square (performer: "Shine on, Harvest Moon", "I'm Just Wild About Harry" - uncredited)
 1938 Swing Cat's Jamboree (Short) (performer: "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans", "I Can't Give You Anything but Love", "Please Be Kind", "Loch Lomond" - uncredited)
 1937 Hollywood Hotel (music: "Sing, Sing, Sing" (1936) - uncredited)
 1937 The Star Reporter in Hollywood (Short) (performer: "Chinatown, My Chinatown")
 1937 You Can't Have Everything (music: "Rhythm of the Radio" (1937) - uncredited) / (writer: "It's a Southern Holiday" - uncredited)
 1937 Torture Money (Short) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1936 After the Thin Man (lyrics: "Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing)" (1936) - uncredited) / (music: "Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing)" (1936) - uncredited)
 1936 Swing Banditry (Short) (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing" - uncredited)
 1936 Rhythm on the Range (performer: "I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)", "If You Can't Sing It (You'll Have to Swing It)" - uncredited)
 1936 Swing It (Short) (performer: "Way Down Younder in New Orleans", "Lazy River", "Dinah", "Basin Street Blues", "Johnny, Get Your Gun")
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