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Louis Prima Sets Billboard Record

From Billboard magazine comes some interesting news for long-time Louis Prima fans. Because of the contemporary penchant for sampling, it appears that Louis Prima, legendary jazz trumpeter, singer, composer, and bandleader, who died in August 1978, and whose last appearance...

Posted in Notablog on June 22, 2018 07:11 PM

Song of the Day #1571

Song of the Day: When You're Smiling/The Sheik of Araby is a Tin Pan Alley duet made famous by the rip-roaring pair of Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Keely Smith would have been 90 years old today. "When You're Smiling"...

Posted in Notablog on March 9, 2018 12:01 AM

Song of the Day #1305

Song of the Day: The Music Goes 'Round ("The Music Goes Round and Round") features the music of Edward Farley and Mike Riley and the lyrics of Red Hodgson. It became a 1935 hit for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, with...

Posted in Notablog on February 1, 2016 01:33 PM

Song of the Day #1122

Song of the Day: Pennies from Heaven, music by Arthur Johnston, lyrics by Johnny Burke, was the title song introduced in the 1936 film by Bing Crosby [YouTube clip from the film]. Crosby's version was inducted into the Grammy Hall...

Posted in Notablog on March 31, 2013 01:08 PM

Song of the Day #1059

Song of the Day: Che La Luna Mezzo Mare is an Italian folksong composed, it is said, by Paolo Citorello, but infinite variations of the song have been heard throughout the years. Growing up in the Sciabarra household, we heard...

Posted in Notablog on March 15, 2012 09:23 AM

Song of the Day #963

Song of the Day: That Old Black Magic, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer has been performed so many times by so many artists, including Glenn Miller (with vocalist Skip Nelson), Frank Sinatra (who swings it too), Judy...

Posted in Notablog on January 13, 2011 11:07 PM

Song of the Day #960

Song of the Day: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody is a classic medley of two songs, the first adapted by Irving Caesar from a Casucci-Brammer Austrian song, and the latter credited to Spencer Williams and Roger Graham. It was...

Posted in Notablog on December 12, 2010 12:36 AM

Song of the Day #373

Song of the Day: Jump, Jive, an' Wail is a classic Louis Prima composition, which was also recorded by the Brian Setzer Orchestra (audio clip at that link). But nothing compares to the Prima version (audio clip here). The master...

Posted in Notablog on August 24, 2005 08:27 AM

Song of the Day #363

Song of the Day: Oh Marie, written by Eduardo Di Capua, was sung with jazzy Italian gusto for the Peabody-dancing crowd by the Wild One, Louis Prima. A Louis Armstrong-influenced performer, Prima gives us Sicilian scat singing at its best....

Posted in Notablog on August 15, 2005 08:33 AM

Song of the Day #42

Song of the Day (a): Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing), perhaps the quintessential Swing-era anthem, has been choreographed on the Broadway stage in wildly different, though equally effective, sensually exquisite, nay, sexy versions, in such musicals as "Contact," "Fosse"...

Posted in Notablog on October 11, 2004 08:44 AM