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Louis Prima

Sicilian American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter

Louis Prima

Sicilian American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter
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birthday
7th
December, 1910
Death
24th
August, 1978
Birth Place
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Birth Sign
sagittarius
Biography

Louis Leo Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, and jump blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career: he formed a seven-piece New Orleans-style jazz band in the late 1920s, fronted a swing combo in the 1930s and a big band group in the 1940s, helped to popularize jump blues in the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s, and performed frequently as a Vegas lounge act beginning in the 1950s.
From the 1940s through the 1960s, his music further encompassed early R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, boogie-woogie, and Italian folk music, such as the tarantella. Prima made prominent use of Italian music and language in his songs, blending elements of his Italian and Sicilian identity with jazz and swing music. At a time when ethnic musicians were often discouraged from openly stressing their ethnicity, Prima’s conspicuous embrace of his Sicilian ethnicity opened the doors for other Italian-American and ethnic American musicians to display their ethnic roots.

instruments played
trumpet
Vocals
Also Known As

The King of Swing

Associated Acts

Gia Maione Keely Smith Sam Butera and the Witnesses Lou Sino Ray Vasquez Vocalist and Trombonist

Genres

Jazz swing traditional pop jump blues big band

Years Active

1929 1975

Name

Louis Prima

Nationality

United States of America

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