Edit
Louis Prima Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (2) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (5) | Trivia (11)

Overview (2)

Date of Birth 7 December 1910New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date of Death 24 August 1978New Orleans, Louisiana, USA  (pneumonia)

Mini Bio (1)

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 band were becoming well known. Like many other big bands, Prima always had a woman singer, his most famous being Keely Smith, with whom he recorded the classic "That Old Black Magic". She began with him when she was 16 years old, and he eventually married her. They were divorced in 1962, and he married 20-year-old Gia Maione that same year. In 1967 Prima voiced King Louie of the apes in the animated Disney feature The Jungle Book (1967). Prima died in 1978, but his music continues as some of the best jazz and swing music ever recorded.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (5)

Gia Maione (12 February 1963 - 24 August 1978) (his death) (2 children)
Keely Smith (13 July 1953 - 3 October 1961) (divorced) (2 children)
Tracelene Barrett (17 June 1948 - 18 June 1953) (divorced) (1 child)
Alma Ross (25 July 1936 - 1947) (divorced)
Louise Polizzi (25 June 1929 - 1936) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (11)

Already a celebrated swing singer and orchestra conductor, Louie Prima added his signature voice to memorable The Jungle Book (1967) hits such as "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)".
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993.
Wrote and first recorded the Benny Goodman jazz standard "Sing Sing Sing.".
While undergoing surgery for the removal of a brain tumor in 1975, he went into a coma (which he stayed until his death).
Brother of Leon Prima.
Father, with Gia Maione, of Lena Prima and Louis Prima Jr..
His music transcends many genres, he wrote with Barbara Belle and Anita Leonard, the standard "A Sunday Kind of Love", a hit for Ella Fitzgerald in 1947 and later many others from The Harptones in 1953 (Do Wop) to Reba McEntire in 1988 (Country and Pop).
Among 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.
Will received, posthumously, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 [June 17, 2010].
Brother-in-law of Madeline Prima.
Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page