1940-1944

Louis Prima

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1940-1944 Review

by Scott Yanow

During 1940-1941, Louis Prima led a medium-size (ten-piece) combo, which by 1944 had expanded to a full big band. Although a popular figure during this era, Prima was not quite a star and his big band never really caught on. The 23 numbers on this good-natured CD include a couple instrumentals ("To You, Sweetheart, Aloha" and the swinging "Look Out"), novelties, vocal numbers for Lily Ann Carroll, and the debut versions of "Robin Hood," "Angelina," and "Oh Marie" (which hints at Prima's 1950s rendition). The leader is the main star throughout the historic release.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:57 Amazon
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Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:51 Amazon
3 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:10 Amazon
4 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:41 Amazon
5 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:10 Amazon
6 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:05 Amazon
7 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:19 Amazon
8 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:47 Amazon
9 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:02 Amazon
10 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:36 Amazon
11 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:09 Amazon
12 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:04 Amazon
13 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:34 Amazon
14 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:59 Amazon
15 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:44 Amazon
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Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:47 Amazon
17 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:11 Amazon
18 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:46 Amazon
19 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:51 Amazon
20 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:09 Amazon
21 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:45 Amazon
22 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 03:06 Amazon
23 Louis Prima feat: Louis Prima & His Band 02:31 Amazon
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