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Louis Prima

Personal information
Birth nameLouis Prima
Also known asThe King of the Swing
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Traditional pop
OccupationSinger, Entertainer, Trumpeter, Bandleader
Instrumentsvocals, trumpet
Years active1936 - 1975
Associated actsGia Maione, Keely Smith, Sam Butera

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Louis Prima (December 7, 1910 - August 24, 1978) was a Sicilian-American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the 1920s, then successively leading a swing combo in the 1930s, a big band in the 1940s, a Vegas lounge act in the 1950s, and a pop-rock band in the 1960s. In each of his musical endeavors, he incorporated his exuberant personality into his act.

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