LOUIS PRIMA - ANNOTATED DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/17/1935 - HFSID 31583
Sale Price $488.75
Big band leader Louis Prima signed this document with his address in 1934 - one year after he moved to New York to organize his first band, the New Orleans Gang - to apply for membership in the National Association of Performing Artists
Annotated document signed "Louis Prima" with his address. 1 page, 8½x11. New York City, June 17, 1935. Prima signed this document to apply for membership in the National Association of Performing Artists. He signed this document one year after moving to New York where he organized his first band, the New Orleans Gang. Loud and boisterous, Prima (1910-1978, born in New Orleans, Louisiana) is probably best known for his off-color act in Las Vegas of the 1950s and for his mix rhythm and blues, big band, Italian novelty tunes and Dixieland. A trumpeter who was influenced early by Louis Armstrong and the jazz of his hometown, Prima moved to New York in 1934 and organized his first band, the New Orleans Gang, which played until 1939, and then his own big band, the Gleeby Rhythm Orchestra. It was this second outfit that scored Prima's first hit, 1944's Angelina, the first of several Italian novelty songs. Prima, who was the band's singer, hired the perfect foil in shy 16 year-old singer Dorothy Keely in 1948, whom he renamed Keely Smith. The clash of personalities quickly became the focus of their act, which survived the band's 1950 breakup; they were married in 1953. The couple moved their new nightclub act to the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas in 1954. Prima's "Wildest Show in Vegas" lasted until the 1970s and gave his career new life, which lasted into the early 1960s. He and his wife won a Grammy for their rendition of That Old Black Magic in 1958, three years before their divorce. Disney fans may recognize his voice from Disney's The Jungle Book, in which he played King Louis. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Signature has bled lightly but is legible. Rust stains in top left corner. Lightly rounded bottom corners. Light nicks in bottom right corner. Otherwise in fine condition.
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