Louis Prima - Capitol Collectors Series
is a must have for any swing DJ. (Though I confess this is my only Louis Prima album). He sets the early standard for jump swing - though much of the album is more 'play' than 'jump'. Anyone have a better genre label for this collection?
The songs are short (except for Gigolo), lively, entertaining and very dancable for newbies.
And there's the jibe... I tend to play for non-newbies and so it doesn't hit my play list too often. I usually included a Louis Prima song EVERY night on a weekend club gig in New York.
My favorites for play are:
Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody
Banana Split for My Baby
5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days
And about once a year I play Jump, Jive, An' Wail. Hey, don't forget your "roots". A lot of his songs are on the cheesy side, but it is what the crowd wants. Swing music is known for being fun, and not just great jazz. And don't forget he WROTE Sing Sing Sing, which may suck suck suck to some, but is an anthem and swing standard.