Wednesday, September 16, 2009

'that old black magic'

oh man, when two voices collide. louis prima's gruff, goofy voice and antics married so well with the young, shiny, very boss sound of keely smith. together they were so magic. black magic. i got into prima in a half-assed way when a co-worker and friend brought her discs of prima and smith to work and played them constantly. wondering what the hell kind of music this is -- swing? jazz? novelty? -- i fell in love with prima's sound and keely smith's voice.

is it halloween music? does a bear poop in the woods? if you're at a halloween party and this song is not played then you might reconsider your friends, or the taste of your friends, hosting the party. seriously wild this is a song to bring out your dead and start boogeying with your boogeymen, and women. a tune perfect for a night of tricks and treats.



At 8:14 AM, Blogger John B-R said...

If you like this you might also like the Louis/Ella duets, where the two singers' voices (and deliveries) are rather similar to what you find here ...

At 10:11 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

cool, thanks john

smith is a bit of enigma, she was such a young girl when she hooked up with prima, but she sounds like an old soul

fitzgerald is an old soul, eternal

prima was a goofball with a beautiful voice and comic timing


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