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Louis Prima was an influential jazz trumpeter, singer and composer known for songs like "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Angelina," "Buona Sera" and "Jump, Jive an' Wail."
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Providing the voice of the swinging king of the apes, Louie, Prima recorded the classic "I Wan'na Be Like You," with the movements of he and his band serving as inspiration for Disney animators. Prima later recorded songs for the Disney film The Rescuers (1977) that remained unreleased until the 2000s.
Prima continued to play together in Vegas for a time and by the '70s had returned to New Orleans. In 1975, he underwent surgery to have a brain tumor removed and lapsed into a coma,
in which he remained until his death in 1978. He was survived by Maione and their children Louis Jr. and Lena, both of whom have pursued musical careers as well.
Maione has worked to maintain the Prima estate and helped to keep his legacy alive in the pop culture canon, including overseeing his music's usage in a number of films that have included Analyze This and Swingers. A 1999 documentary appeared on the musician's life as well--Louis Prima: The Wildest.
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