Louis Prima Jr. His mother Gia Maione began performing with his father in She taught Louis Jr. He grew up on the outskirts of Las Vegas , on his dad's golf course, Fairway to the Stars, and spent two weeks every summer at his grandparents' house in Toms River, New Jersey.
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Site version :. Discover our catalog Louis Prima born December 7, , died August 24, was a lyricist, composer, singer, actor and American jazz trumpeter. He was nicknamed the "King of singers" King of the Swingers. Prima rode the musical trends of his time starting with a seven-piece New Orleans musicians in the s, then a swing combo in , a big band in the s, a lounge band in Las Vegas in the s , and a pop-rock band in the s.
Subscribe today to support our mission and contributors. L ouis Prima was an Italian-American composer, singer, trumpet player, and bandleader from New Orleans. Throughout the course of his fifty-year career, Prima played styles that included traditional New Orleans jazz , big-band swing, and in the s, pop and rock. He attended both Jesuit and Warren Easton high schools. His frenetic sets turned the new spot into a landmark. He opened his own nightclub, which he named the Famous Door, although it had no business relationship with the New York venue. There, he expanded his band into a swing orchestra, in keeping with the big band trend of the times, and performed, recorded, and toured with the larger act into the s.