The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Yesterday Italian American "King of Swing" Louis Prima was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Prima would have been 100 years old this year; he died in 1978.
According to an Associated Press article, the star was unveiled in a ceremony attended by the entertainer's son Louis Prima, Jr. and daughter Lena Prima, in addition to celebrities, dignitaries and fans of his music. Louis Prima Jr.'s big band, The Witnesses, performed a concert as part of the ceremony, much to the delight of attending swing-dancing fans.
Both Louis Prima, Jr. and Lena Prima have long been supporters of NIAF. In 2002, as part of our Anniversary Convention and Gala, NIAF hosted a panel discussion highlighting "Children of the Greats"; Lena Prima served as a panelist in addition to Frank Capra, Jr., Scott Paterno, Katherine LaGuardia and Deana Martin, the daughter of Dean Martin.
Lena Prima (right) poses with Frank Capra, Jr. during NIAF's 2002 Anniversary Convention and Gala.
Prima's music remains a standard today, for Italian American music lovers and fans of swing alike. His hits are frequently heard on the dance floor during NIAF's annual Anniversary Gala.
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