Louis Prima

Louis Prima

Highest Rated: 87% The Jungle Book (1967)

Lowest Rated: 87% The Jungle Book (1967)

Birthday: Dec 7, 1910

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Italian-born musician Louis Prima spent most of his personal and professional life in his adopted home town of New Orleans. At age 13, Prima joined his older brother's band as a jazz trumpeter; within five years Louis was fronting his own group, the Collegiates. Rising to fame as a scat singer a la Cab Calloway and Martha Raye, Prima occasionally left Louisiana for Hollywood, guest-starring in such features as Rhythm on the Range (1936), Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937) and Rose of Washington Square (1939). He was also shown to good advantage in short subjects, notably RKO's Headliners series and a sprightly Columbia 2-reel comedy of 1936, The Champ's a Chump. From 1948 through 1962, Prima was married to vocalist Keely Smith, who dueted with Louis on several hit records, the most popular of which was "That Old Black Magic." Louis Prima's final movie gig was as the voice of King Louie in the 1967 Disney animated feature The Jungle Book.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Sleepytime Down South: Slow and Easy Tracks from the Golden Era of Jazz Actor 2006
No Score Yet Swing! Swing! Swing! Actor 2006
No Score Yet Louis Prima & Keely Smith: That Old Magic Actor 2005
87% The Jungle Book King Louis 1967
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square Himself 1939
No Score Yet Manhattan Merry-Go-Round Actor 1937
No Score Yet Rhythm on the Range Trumpet Player (uncredited) 1936


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