Louis Prima - Just A Gigolo (I Ain't Got Nobody) [Jazz Lounge Remix]





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Published on Feb 8, 2011

Louis Prima (7 December 1910 -- 24 August 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.

In 1967 Prima's distinctive voice and jazzy delivery landed him a role in Walt Disney's animated feature "The Jungle Book," as the raucous orangutan King Louie. He performed the hit song "I Wanna Be Like You" on the soundtrack.

He suffered a mild heart attack in 1973. In 1975, following headaches and episodes of memory loss, Louis Prima sought medical attention, and found out he had a brain stem tumor. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and went into a coma following surgery to remove the tumor. He never recovered, and died three years later, having been moved back to New Orleans. He was buried in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans; his gray marble crypt is topped by a figure of Gabriel, the trumpeter-angel. The inscription on the crypt's door quote the lyrics from one of his hits: "When the end comes, I know, they'll all say 'just a gigolo' as life goes on without me. Lovingly, your little family..."

In 2010, honoring his lifelong commitment to the music of the city of his birth, and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that event, Prima was honored by being the annual poster subject of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, in a painting created by artist and singer Tony Bennett, under his birth name Anthony Benedetto.

On July 25, 2010 Louis Prima received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame's 50th anniversary on the year of his 100th birthday.

On November 1, 2010 Chicago Review Press released "That Old Black Magic: Louis Prima, Keely Smith, and the Golden Age of Las Vegas" by Tom Clavin. The book focuses on many aspects of Prima's life, particularly his act and relationship with Keely Smith.

The recording session for "Just A Gigolo" took place in April 1956 at Capitol Tower Studios, Los Angeles, and was produced by Voyle Gilmore. Prima was backed by his Las Vegas group, Sam Butera & the Witnesses, in its original line-up: Sam Butera (tenor sax), James "Red" Blount (trombone), William "Willie" McCumber (piano), Jack Marshall (guitar), Amado Rodriques (bass) and Robert "Bobby" Morris (drums). Keely Smith, who was Prima's wife and an important part of his act, joined the Witnesses for the characteristic backing vocals. Prima sang the lead but didn't play the trumpet on this track.

This version of "Just A Gigolo" is a remix featured on the Various Artists compilation CD, "Jazz Lounge Remix."


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