Louis Prima

Louis Prima and Keely Smith
1910 - 1978

Louis Prima  American Singer


Louis Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the late 1920s, then leading a swing co...

Confirmed Relationships5
Longest Relationship16 yrs, 7 mths
Shortest Relationship6 yrs, 5 mths
Average Relationship Length10 yrs, 7 mths
First Name Louis
Last Name Prima
Full Name at Birth Louis Prima
Alternative Name The King of the Swing
Age 67 (age at death) years
Birthday 7th December, 1910
Birthplace New Orleans, Louisiana
Died 24th August, 1978
Place of Death New Orleans, Louisiana
Cause of Death Brain Stem Tumour causing a Cerebral Hemorrhage resulting in a Coma leading to Pneumonia
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Sexuality Straight
Religion Roman Catholic
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School Jesuit High School
Occupation Text Singer, Actor, Songwriter, and Trumpeter
Occupation Singer
Claim to Fame Just A Gigolo/I Ain`t Got Nobody
Music Genre (Text) Jazz, Swing, Traditional pop
Music Genre Jazz
Year(s) Active 1936–1975, 1934–1975
Music Style Blues, Vocal, Swing, Jump Blues, Traditional Pop, Early R&B, R&B
Music Mood Party/Celebratory, Carefree, Exuberant, Lively, Earthy, Cheerful, Happy, Joyous, Rollicking, Playful, Fun, Humorous, Refined/Mannered, Boisterous, Gleeful
Instrument Trumpet, Vocals
Instrument (text) Vocals, trumpet
Associated Acts Gia Maione, Keely Smith, Sam Butera, Sam Butera (and the Witnesses)
Official Websites www.louisprima.com/, http://www.louisprima.com/, http://www.louisprima.com
Father Anthony Prima
Mother Angelina
Brother Leon Prima
Sister Elizabeth Prima
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Louis Prima67 SagittariusSinger
Gia Maione72 TaurusSinger
Keely Smith84 PiscesVocalist
Tracelene Barrett89 Capricorn
Alma Ross62 ScorpioActress
Louise Polizzi-


Tracelene Barrett
Female22nd May, 194967 years old


Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins1975 Louis Prima Movie
The Jungle Book1967 King Louie of the Apes Movie
The Continental Twist1961 Louis Evans Movie
Hey Boy! Hey Girl!1959 Louis Prima Movie
Senior Prom1958 Louis Prima Movie
Rhythm Masters1949 Louis Prima Movie
Rose of Washington Square1939 Band Leader Movie
Start Cheering1938 Conductor of his Band Movie
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round1937 Bandleader (uncredited) Movie
You Can't Have Everything1937 Orchestra Leader Movie
Rhythm on the Range1936 Trumpet Player (uncredited) Movie
Swing It1936 Louis Prima - Band Leader Short Film
The Champ's a Chump1936 Band Leader Louis Short Film
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Rick ArrudaMay 18, 2013

I was disappointed that two of his songs, which I loved and still remember the words to, were not included in hislist.
"The Bigger The Figure", and "Bony Bones" were on a 45 in a jukebox at Frates, in Westport, MA, where I worked during my senior year in high school ('52/'53).
I played it so much, the owner gave it to me when they took it out of the jukebox.

Joe HottingerDec 21, 2009

Even though Gia was a doll. After Keely left it wasn`t the same to me.

Rich KuhnAug 28, 2008

Louis was the Greatest, and The Wildest. He influenced so many. Can anyone NOT Tap a Toe when a Prima piece is Playing? I think Not.

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