Louis Prima is one of my most favorite Swing Cats and "Mob music" style musicians. I received a double cd set called Mob Hits some years back and being that I am so into all that is retro gangster ala Capone, Giancana, Bonanno, Goodfellas, Godfather, etc. It was the perfect gift for me! On the set was:

Disc 1 1. Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) - Dean Martin 2. Al-Di-La - Jerry Vale 3. I Have But One Heart (from "The Godfather") - Al Martino 4. That's Amore - Dean Martin 5. Mambo Italiano (from "Married to the Mob") - Rosemary Clooney 6. Oh Marie - Louis Prima 7. Lazy Mary Lou Monte 8. Buona Sera - Louis Prima 9. To Each His Own (from "The Godfather III") - Al Martino 10. Non Dimenticar - Jerry Vale 11. Godfather Waltz (from "The Godfather")

Disc 2 1. Angelina/Zooma Zooma (Louis Prima) 2. Return To Me (Dean Martin) 3. Roman Guitar (Jerry Vale) 4. Pretend You Don't See Her (Jerry Vale) 5. On An Evening In Roma (Dean Martin) 6. Domani: Tomorrow (Julius LaRosa) 7. Innamorata: Sweetheart (Dean Martin) 8. Love Me The Way I Love You (Jerry Vale) 9. Eh, Cumpari (Julius LaRosa) 10. Speak Softly Love (Al Martino) 11. My Way (Paul Anka)

 Also as a little kid I loved Louis as the King of Swing King Louie in Jungle Book It was the best time to be a kid and thankfully these films ae still available for children. Click on the link above to see a cool video on Louis Prima and his band creating their parts for the Disney Jungle Book Movie. Louis Prima was awarded posthumously his Star on the Walk of Fame yesterday in LA.

LOS ANGELES – 'King of Swing' Louis Prima has received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a centennial celebration that included dancing in the street to his big-band sounds. The influential band leader was honored at a Sunday ceremony on Vine Street attended by his son Louis Prima Jr., who continues the legacy of his father's music, his daughter Lena Prima, celebrities, dignitaries and fans. "Louis Prima was a great entertainer and presented a great show. But more than anything else, he brought happiness to his audiences," said Bill Cosby in a congratulatory message read at the midday ceremony, which also included a concert of Prima's music by Louis Prima Jr.'s big band, The Witnesses, as well as swing-dancing fans. Prima, who died in 1978, would have been 100 years old this year.


Geri Rubello Gillespie said...

"louis is the BOMB!!! have a lot of his music."" is my fav!!! thanks sweetie"

Geri Rubello Gillespie said...

"he played at my uncles nightclub in hazel park in the late 1950's"

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