Louis Prima

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Louis Prima

American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeteradd

Category: Music

Born in 1910.

Countries: United States (71%), Nevada (10%), Illinois (5%)

Main connections: Keely Smith, Capitol Records, Emile Christian

Linked to: Capitol Records, Columbia Records, Jews, University of Illinois Press

 

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Louis Prima was born in 1910 add something


1926

Louis Prima attended Jesuit High School but transferred to Warren Easton High in the fall of 1926. add something


1927

In 1927, he started up a gig with Frank Federico and played in "The Whip", which was a run down French Quarter Club. add something


1928

By the spring of 1928, Prima decided he would drop out at Warren Easton and become a professional musician. add something


1929

He had a few unsuccessful gigs, including when he joined the Ellis Stratako Orchestra in 1929. add something


1931

Sid Weiss - He moved to New York City around 1931 and worked in the following decade with Louis Prima, Bunny Berigan, Wingy Manone, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, and Adrian Rollini


1934

Guy Lombardo met Louis Prima while he was performing at club Shim Sham during the Mardi Gras season of 1934. add something

 

In September 1934, Prima began recording for the Brunswick label. add something


1935

In May 1935, Prima and Russell recorded "The Lady in Red", a national jukebox hit. add something


1936

With the help of Guy Lombardo he traveled to Chicago to promote his new format at the Blackhawk in October 1936. add something


1937

In 1937, Prima and his smaller gang returned to the "Famous Door" in New York to perform. add something

 

Louis pushed Alma into signing with Paramount in 1937. add something

 

Gene Krupa - The 1937 recording of Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing " by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra featuring Gene Krupa on drums was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982


1938

He was booked by William Morris Agency in late 1938. add something

 

He appeared at Billy Rose’s Casa Manana club in May 1938. add something


1939

In 1939 he was under contract to appear in black theatres in New York, Baltimore, Boston and Washington D.C.. add something


1940

In 1940, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded "Be Happy", a song Louis Prima co-wrote. add something


1945

Prima had some big hits in the summer of 1945 including, "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" and "Bell-Bottom Trousers". add something


1947

In 1947 he played more jazzy versions of music. add something


1948

In August 1948, she made a point to stop by the Surf Club in Virginia Beach to visit one of her favorite artists, Louis Prima. add something


1949

Keely Smith - Smith made her professional debut with Louis Prima in 1949 ; Smith played the "straight guy" in the duo to Prima's wild antics and they recorded many duets


1953

Keely Smith - Smith married Louis Prima in 1953 and divorced him in 1961


1954

In 1954 Prima was offered to stay at the The Sahara in Las Vegas to open his new act with Keely Smith. add something


1955

The act was a hit, and ultimately led Prima to sign with Capitol records in 1955. add something


1956

He released his first album with Capitol records, “The Wildest/,” in September 1956. add something


1957

Emile Christian - In 1957 he toured with the Louis Prima Band


1959

In 1959 Prima signed with Dot Records and they produced 8 albums. add something

 

Keely received a Playboy Jazz Award in 1959. add something


1961

The top albums were “Wonderland By Night” and “On Stage” in 1961. add something

 

In January 1961 Prima was invited by Frank Sinatra to perform in the Inaugural Gala for President John F. Kennedy They played “Old Black Magic”, one of his favorite songs. add something


1962

In 1962 he tried to form his own recording company called “Prima One Records. add something


1965

His mother died in the winter of 1965, for which he partly blamed Keely. add something


1967

In 1967 Prima's distinctive voice and jazzy delivery landed him a role in Walt Disney's animated feature The Jungle Book, as the raucous orangutan King Louie. add something


1973

He suffered a mild heart attack in 1973. add something


1975

In 1975, following headaches and episodes of memory loss, Louis Prima sought medical attention, and found out he had a brain stem tumor. add something


1978

Louis Prima died in 1978 add something


1997

His gray marble crypt is topped by a figure of Gabriel, the trumpeter-angel, sculpted in 1997 by Russian-born sculptor Alexei Kazantsev add something


2010

On July 25, 2010 Louis Prima received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame's 50th anniversary on the year of his 100th birthday add something


2017

Cuts from this were re-issued in 2017 as part of the Legacy Edition of Disney's "Robin Hood" soundtrack album add something