The Louis Prima Story

Steve Van Zandt profiles the life and career of trumpeteer Louis Prima.

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20060502

3/4. The Wildest!: Steven Van Zandt presents a four part series profiling the life and career of trumpeter Louis Prima

0120060418

The Italian Satchmo: Steve Van Zandt tells the story of the wildest of the jazz men. Born in New Orleans, he graduated from the jazz clubs of Bourbon Street to the hot spots of New York City.

01The Italian Satchmo20040713

Tonight, a look at his childhood and early influences.

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Tonight's installment charts Prima's move to Hollywood in the 1940s.

02Prime Prima20060425

Louis Prima invents a hit formula as Italian as lasagne with songs like Angelina and, as the big band era comes to an end, he joins forces with singer Keely Smith.

03The Wildest20040727

Louis Prima and Keely Smith became the King and Queen of Las Vegas.

04 LASTKing Of The Swingers20040803

Steven Van Zandt presents a four part series profiling the life and career of trumpeter Louis Prima

04 LASTThe King Of The Swingers20060509

Louis Prima's popularity wanes following his split from Keely Smith, but he reaches a new audience in 1967 when he becomes the voice of King Louis in Jungle Book.