Jump, Jive An' Wail: The Essential

Jump, Jive An' Wail: The Essential

by Louis PrimaLouis Prima


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Louis Prima had been leading orchestras for 25 years when, in 1954, he finally got something that turned out to be the biggest break of his career: a late-night lounge act at the Sahara Hotel. It certainly wasn't a coveted gig, but it soon became the hottest ticket in town, with a dynamite stage show that featured Prima, the combination fireplug and master of ceremonies; his wife Keely Smith, a talented vocalist with both power and rhythm; and one of the tightest small groups in swing, the unduplicated Sam Butera with his band, the Witnesses. Then, when Capitol furnished a recording contract, the magic could be heard by more than just pleasure-seeking tourists to Sin City. Jump, Jive an' Wail: The Essential is the best document of Prima's Capitol years -- despite some heavy duplication, it beats even the excellent Capitol Collectors Series volume, which never included Prima's famous Jungle Book feature, "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)." The set borrows liberally from all of Prima's best Capitol LPs (even including two songs from 1967 's Louis Prima on Broadway for United Artists), and grabs the singles that were most popular (especially his duets with Smith on "That Old Black Magic" and "I've Got You Under My Skin").

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2007
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0094639526628
catalogNumber: 95266
Rank: 90529

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Prima   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Louis Prima   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Keely Smith   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer,Audio Production
Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Voyle Gilmore   Audio Production
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Don Donaldson   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Barbara Belle   Composer
Leonello Casucci   Composer
Milton Drake   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
James Ritz   Liner Notes
Julius Brammer   Composer
Debbie Morris   Composer
Vic Knight   Composer
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Susan Bejgrowicz   Art Direction
Coyle Gilmore   Producer

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