Louie Prima

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This is the grave of Louis Prima, a famous Jazz musician. He played a great Just a Gigilo and played King Louie in the animated version of the Jungle Book. The background shows a mass grave. They are stacked 4 high as you can see by the recessed areas.


Guest - Jan 23, 2007 06:00 PM EDT
Thanks!! Come on back home to New Orleans then.
Guest - Jan 23, 2007 09:16 AM EDT
great Pict. Reminds me of home.
Guest - May 09, 2006 03:51 PM EDT
Thanks for the comment. My Dad went to school with Sam. The words are from just a gigolo. They are "When the end comes I know, they'll say just a gigolo and life goes on without me. I love the music but never had the honor. I did go to school with Pete's son but that is another group. Oh yea, that's Pete FOuntain for those wondering.
Guest - May 09, 2006 01:29 PM EDT
Visited this cemetary a few years ago. Great photo. What was the phrase from one of his songs engraved on his tombstone (the memory is going). Saw Sam and the Wild Ones and Keeley at the DI in Vegas a long time ago and then both of them separately. Not old enough to have seen Louie/Sam/Keeley/ but it must have been something!
Guest - Dec 15, 2005 12:47 PM EDT
Thanks for the comment!! I have not been to the Metairie Cemetery since the hurricane. Most of the places Prima played while in New Orleans are all right because he played in places that were part of Storyville. Most of these places are old New Orleans and were relatively spared from the storm. The Saenger Theater, where Louie and many others performed sustained damage and many musicians, including one of my neices, that would play there are not able to do so. Louie went to Jesuit High School,the first flooded school in New Orleans to reopen on its original campus.
Guest - Dec 15, 2005 11:12 AM EDT
Great photo. Love Louie, Keely, Sam and the Witnesses. 40 now, but kind of wish I was old enough or could go back in time to see them in Vegas in there heyday. Love their live cds. So much fun. Was this place or any old Prima haunts effected by Katrina?
Guest - Aug 10, 2005 08:07 PM EDT
I hate to say I do not know but I don't. I have never had that problem. Your pics are great. I wish I knew how to make them larger. I would be glad to help.
Guest - Aug 10, 2005 11:10 AM EDT
Great pic. you made comments on my pics. I am new. Most of my pictures are small and can't make large how do i do it? sorry but couldn ot figure out how to ask anyone thanks
Guest - May 20, 2005 08:17 PM EDT
Thanks. Yes, New Orleans has been fortunate to have a lot of great musicians.
Guest - May 19, 2005 03:59 PM EDT
Al Hirt was one terrific player. I am so much into music. I love all those old time players.
Guest - May 19, 2005 01:30 PM EDT
Thanks for the comments. Yes, I am glad you got to see him Gary. Jumbo (Al Hirt) is buried somewhere in the same cemetery but I have not found it yet. I plan to do a search for his on my next visit.
Guest - May 19, 2005 12:43 PM EDT
So that's where Louis is! I got to see him and his wife, Keely Smith, play in Reno one time. They were terrific!
Guest - May 19, 2005 12:55 AM EDT
this is a nice shot, and lovely statue. Had heard of Louis Prima.

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