Louis Prima: Just a Gigolo

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On the 7th of December 1910, Louis Prima, an American trumpet player and singer of Italian descent, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His performances, starting from the jazz infused 1920s right up to the  pop and rock dominated 1960s at the end of his career, were a rich combination of musical showmanship, comic genius and Italian ‘non so che cosa’, or as the French would say – ‘je ne sais quoi’. Especially, such hits as Felicia No Capricia, Please No Squeeza Da Banana, and Zooma Zooma were like those cheesy but delicious toppings on Italian pizza. Referring to his origin, there is one more trait that allows a conclusion that Prima was more Italian than pasta – it was of course his love of the ladies.           

Louis Prima married five times. He met his first wife…

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