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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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 2016 Term Life (performer: "Hey, Boy! Hey, Girl! (Feat. Keely Smith)")
 2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (performer: "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days")
 2015 The Wedding Ringer (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)")
 2014/I Swing (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 2014 The King's Surrender (performer: "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody")
 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 The Other Woman (writer: "A Sunday Kind Of Love")
 2013 Battle of the Year (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2013/I Blood Ties (performer: "When It's Sleepy Time Down South")
 2010 Shanghai (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 2009 Middle Men (performer: "Buona Sera")
 2009 An Education (writer: "A Sunday Kind of Love")
 2008 Australia (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 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 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")
 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 Where the Truth Lies (performer: "Josephine, Please No Lean on the Bell" (1945))
 2005 Kicking & Screaming (performer: "ZUMA ZUMA BACA LA")
 2003 Crooked Lines (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2003 Elf (performer: "Pennies From Heaven" (1936))
 2003 Bright Young Things (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 2003 Anger Management (performer: "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)")
 2002 Below (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)")
 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)") / (writer: "Angelina / Zooma Zooma (Medley)" - as Prima)
 2001 Amy's Orgasm (writer: "Oh Louie (Oh Marie)")
 2000 Pollock (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 2000 The Crew (performer: "Pennies from Heaven')
 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 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 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 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 Sprung (writer: "Sunday Kind of Love")
 1997 Going All the Way ("A Sunday Kind of Love")
 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")
 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 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 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 Vamp (performer: "That Old Black Magic")
 1986 Power (writer: "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1984 Racing with the Moon (as L. Prima, "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 1984 New York Nights (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 1983 Star 80 (writer: "Sing Sing Sing")
 1981 Zoot Suit (writer: "Oh Babe" - uncredited)
 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)
 1967 The Jungle Book (performer: "I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" (1967) - uncredited)
 1966 The Man Called Flintstone (performer: "Pensate Amore")
 1961 Jóvenes y rebeldes (writer: "Canta, Canta, Canta (Sing, Sing, Sing)" - as L. Prima)
 1959 Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (writer: "Banana Split for My Baby a Plain Glass of Water for Me", "Nitey Night")
 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")
 1939 Rose of Washington Square (performer: "Shine on, Harvest Moon", "I'm Just Wild About Harry" - uncredited)
 1937 Hollywood Hotel (music: "Sing, Sing, Sing" (1936) - uncredited)
 1937 You Can't Have Everything (music: "Rhythm of the Radio" (1937) - uncredited) / (writer: "It's a Southern Holiday" - uncredited)
 1936 After the Thin Man (lyrics: "Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing)" (1936) - uncredited) / (music: "Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing)" (1936) - 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)
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