Posts Tagged ‘Keely Smith’

She Gotta Body!

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Las Vegas was a lot cooler when the Mob ran it in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. To round out the gamblers’ experience, the hotels had “lounge acts” between the top entertainers of the day. The quintessential lounge act in the best showrooms was wild man Louie Prima and “straight woman” Keely Smith.

Both Prima and Smith were musically talented jazz artists but when they added comedy to their act, they brought down the house!

Prima directed Smith to play a bored, pokerfaced singer against his musical zaniness.  In real-life, she was his fourth wife and they had four children.  On stage, they are legendary.

Listen to one of their greatest hits, “Just A Jigalo.” And when Smith sang, “I ain’t got no body” – she was lying!

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