The King Of The Swingers

Louis Prima was one of the most prolific and accomplished jazz musicians of the 20th Century - and yet he's now remembered mostly for his voice role as a cartoon monkey in Jungle Book. Humphrey Lyttelton guides us through his life, his rollercoaster career and his impact on swing, big band and rock 'n' roll music. His two surviving ex-wives bear witness to his qualities as a husband and a bandleader.

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20060529 (R4)
20080615 (R4)

The late Humphrey Lyttelton profiles Louis Prima, one of the most prolific and accomplished jazz musicians of the 20th century who is sadly now remembered mostly for his role as a cartoon monkey.

The late Humphrey Lyttelton profiles singer and trumpeter Louis Prima.