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Louis Prima

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I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) Louis Prima, Phil Harris, Bruce Reitherman 04:39
When You're Smiling/The Sheik Of Araby Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Sam Butera And The Witnesses 03:57
Buona Sera Louis Prima 02:59
I Wanna Be Like You Louis Prima, Phil Harris 04:00
Pennies From Heaven Louis Prima, Sam Butera & The Witnesses 02:22
Che La Luna Louis Prima, Sam Butera & The Witnesses 02:32
That Old Black Magic Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Sam Butera And The Witnesses 02:56
(Nothing's Too Good) For My Baby Louis Prima, Keely Smith 02:17
One Hour Non-Stop Swing and Big Band Mix Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Louis Prima, Peggy Lee 60:13
Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) Louis Prima 02:36

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Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
(Nothing's Too Good) For My Baby
The Lip
Body And Soul

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Biography

A great showman and boisterous personality, Louis Prima was a leading star of the US jazz scene throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, thanks to his gravelly voice and flamboyant, high energy performances. Born into a musical family of Italian immigrants, Prima cut his teeth on the vibrant New Orleans jazz clubs before helping turn New York's 52nd Street into a jumpin', jivin' hot spot known as "Swing Street". A favourite of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, his big band orchestra landed a prestigious slot on CBS radio in the late 1930s, scored the million selling hits Angelina, Please No Squeeza Da Banana and Josephina, Please No Leana and went on to light up Chicago's wealthy entertainment industry in the mid 1940s. He later became a hugely popular lounge act in Las Vegas and scored his signature hit Just A Gigolo in 1956, before launching the career of his wife Keely Smith and providing the voice to orang-utan King Louie in the Walt Disney animated film The Jungle Book (1967); he even sang the movie's classic song I Wanna Be Like You. In 1978 Prima suffered a brain haemorrhage, falling into a coma, and died soon after aged 67.