Louis Prima / Keely Smith


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Although volatile enough not to last, the musical partnership of husband-and-wife team Louis Prima and Keely Smith made for potent entertainment and unbeatable chemistry. While Prima channeled the voice and trumpet playing of Louis Armstrong through a boisterous lounge lizard persona, Smith exuded detached sophistication and elegance with her smooth, clear vocals.

During their famed Las Vegas run in the 1950s, the pair would playfully duke it out on stage, while saxophonist Sam Butera and his Witnesses provided pitch-perfect backing. This set includes many of Prima and Smith's finest studio moments, but the energy of their live shows is still palpable on tunes such as the celebratory title track and the jokey "Nyow! Not Nyow! (The Pussycat Song)." The number that best sums up the Prima/Smith union is, of course, the he-said/she-said classic "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off." Although the couple did call it off by the '60s, TOGETHER serves as a charming document of their free-spirited collaboration.

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