Last Friday I was channel surfing and happened to notice “Jump, Jive & Wail” playing in the background on teeny sitcom “It Takes Two.” If that doesn’t prove how ubiquitous Louis Prima was this year, then nothing does. I barely know a single person who didn’t pick up a copy of the Capitol Collectors Series disc this year—you know the one, yellow cover with a jolly, surprised-looking cover shot of the King of Lasagna Jazz.
Breaking It Up! compiles Prima’s 1951-1953 recordings for Columbia in the period right before he became the Las Vegas lounge superstar of the mid-‘50s. Prima’s salacious wit is in fine form on “Oooh-Dahdily-Dah” and he heaps on the Italian kitsch on “Basta,” and “Luigi.” It’s obvious that as early as 1951, Prima was already perfecting the riveting combination of humor, Dixieland, and R&B that would mark Prima a swing king and help kick-start today’s retro swing scene.
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"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article