Personnel includes: Louis Prima, Keely Smith (vocals); Sam Butera (vocals, tenor saxophone).
Includes liner notes by Scott Shea and track annotations by Bob Furmanek.
Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg (October 1990, Capitol Recording Studios).
Louis Prima was an innovator without equal. Jump blues/jazz icons Louis Jordan and Slim Gaillard shared Prima's penchant for combining R&B with swing and good humor, but Prima's cross-section of influences is as singular at it is striking. When Prima made his major impact in the pre-rock & roll '50s, it was a downright bizarre experience to see/hear an Italian-American combining blues, swing, pop, R&B and Italian songs in a wild, unfettered style that foreshadowed the arrival of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
If you're a newcomer to Prima's work, you'd be hard pressed to find a better introduction than this 26-track compilation that includes his most popular material. With R&B saxman Sam Butera and singer/wife Keely Smith as his foils, Prima was an arresting, original voice in American music, and this collection makes the reasons plain.