Louis Prima- The Finest Jazz Player
Born in New Orleans, LA, to an Italian family on December 07, 1910, Louis Prima swung to play jazz. When he used to be a child, he went on to study the violin. Louis’ older brother Leon did not hesitate to take up the trumpet whilst Louis was still pretty young, and soon he followed his brother’s footsteps. Prima played in various clubs such as- “The Famous Door” in the 1930s, and during 1940s rolled around, Louis’ alongside his band were becoming very popular and well known.
His Personal Life
Like various other big bands, Prima as well had a woman singer- Keely Smith, one of his most famous, with whom he went on to record the very classic- “That Old Black Magic”. She started with Louis’ when she was just 16 years old, and later they both got married. By the year 1962, they were divorced, and Prima married a 20-year-old- Gia Maione in that very year.
An underrated and a tireless showman musical talent Louis’ voiced King Louie of the apes in 1967 in an animated Disney feature namely- The Jungle Book. He died in the year 1978, but his music still continues as a few of the best jazz and finest swing music that is ever recorded.
Sadly he had spent to his last three years of life in a coma, post undergoing an operation of a brain tumor in order to get it removed in 1975, after which he could never regain his consciousness.
Best Louis Prima Quotations List
“I wasn’t making it with the violin because I was playing all of the ‘long hair’ stuff.”
“My brother Leon started it all. He played the piano. In school they made me leader of the orchestra because I played the violin, but I followed Leon and the boys in his jazz band around.”
“There’s nothing like walking out and watching the people get turned on. Nothing in the world could replace it.”