Trumpeter Louis Prima: Voice of What Disney Character?

Singer Louis Prima
Louis Prima (Wikipedia)

You know trumpeter and singer Louis Prima and you’ve heard him sing and play, if you’ve watched a certain popular Disney animated film from 1966. Some of Louis Prima’s cultural influences still surround us in the USA. Not only can Louis Prima sing, he’s an excellent trumpeter, and dances when he plays. He was a consummate performer and is fun to watch.

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Check out the first couple video clips to see if you recognize his voice. His antics are also a little bit of a hint at the Disney character whose song he wrote and made famous. He’s famous for a lot of other reasons, too. Check out his bio.

From Louis Prima’s web site<snip>:

Going into the fifties, Elvis Presley had the country “All Shook Up” and when asked where he got the wiggle, he replied, “From Louis Prima, of course.”

His beginnings were actually his training on the violin. Until he was fifteen years of age, Louis was headed for a career as a concert violinist. The sheer physical brawn of Prima, as well as the hardening rigors of high school football, soon made it impossible for him to feel the sensitivities of the violin. It was then that he tried his brother Leon’s trumpet and never put it down again.

Not getting the attention he required from the major record labels, Louis started his own recording company called “Prima Magnagroove Records.” The year was 1964, the world was contending with the British invasion of The Beatles. But this could not hold Louis back. He became one of the first independent record producers. He purchased the finest recording equipment of the time and proceeded to record himself and continued doing so and signing others to his record label throughl 1975. One of his early discoveries was a young Johnny Rivers who would later top the charts with hits of his own.

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