LOUIS PRIMA - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 291365
LOUIS PRIMA A casually dressed Prima, looking amused, quotes the title of one of his songs, "Be Happy." Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Diane/'Be Happy'/Louis Prima". Sepia, 8x10.
Sale Price $765.00
A casually dressed Prima, looking amused, quotes the title of one of his songs, "Be Happy."
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Diane/'Be Happy'/Louis Prima". Sepia, 8x10. 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 new life to his career, 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. Prima co-wrote "Be Happy," first recorded by Glenn Miller in 1940. Margins trimmed unevenly. Tack holes and tape residue at corners - previous mountings. Otherwise, fine condition.
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