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Louis Prima — Jump, Jive, An' Wail
Album: Collector's Series
Avg rating:
7.2

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1979









Released: 1956
Length: 3:27
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Baby, baby it looks like it's gonna hail
Baby, baby it looks like it's gonna hail
You better come inside
Let me teach you how to jive an' wail

CHORUS:
You gotta jump, jive, and then you wail
You gotta jump, jive, and then you wail
You gotta jump, jive, and then you wail
You gotta jump, jive, and then you wail
You gotta jump, jive, and then you wail away!

Papa's in the icebox lookin' for a can of ale
Papa's in the icebox lookin' for a can of ale
Mama's in the backyard
Learning how to jive an' wail

(chorus)

A woman is a woman and a man ain't nothin' but a male
A woman is a woman and a man ain't nothin' but a male
One good thing about him
He knows how to jive an' wail

Jack and Jill went up the hill to get a pail
Jack and Jill went up the hill to get a pail
Jill stayed up,
She wants to learn how to jive an' wail

(chorus)
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Mom & Dad be cuttin rug.
BRILL
 primm wrote:
{#Fever} colin james and his little big band does a great cover of this ! keep jiving and wailin
 
would be great to hear some Colin James music...... !

 Goat9 wrote:
Is it really necessary to play this song every single day (or so it seems)?
 


Total Ratings: 1912Length: 3:27Plays (last 30 days): 2

Maybe the playlist wasn't as long. Maybe Bill has tweaked his algorithm. Sheesh, it's been 12 years and 6 since your comment! 
 daniel_rusk wrote:
Hearing this WAY too much. Starting to not like it.

 
My feeling exactly. Can't win them all though
{#Fever} colin james and his little big band does a great cover of this ! keep jiving and wailin
 ziggytrix wrote:

Let me teach you how to drive a whale.

 

 timmus wrote:
You really gotta... drunk driver
You really gotta... drunk driver
You really gotta... drunk driver

 
Let me teach you how to drive a whale.
After years of hearing this song I was still wondering what kind of pill it is they went up the hill for… only to notice from the lyrics that it is actually a pail.
You really gotta... drunk driver
You really gotta... drunk driver
You really gotta... drunk driver
Hearing this WAY too much. Starting to not like it.
this is most excellent
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 bm.deavenport613 wrote:
Before my time, but I love this song.

 


 melzabutch wrote:
Image result for Jump Jive and Wail Dance gif

 


Classic!!
Image result for Jump Jive and Wail Dance gif
The Jungle VIP
The slightly less famous of the New Orleans' "Two Louis" (Armstrong being the other), I think Prima is a bit more raw and raunchy.  I really dig his style.  He was the man.  Been meaning to visit his grave, pass it by frequently. 
 MiloD wrote:
Manhattan Transfer did a great cover of this absolute classic, both are fabulous!

 


Manhattan did a great cover of this absolute classic, both are fabulous!
 j1sey wrote:
Louis Prima is The Man.

 
And Keely Smith is the cat's pajamas.
Dance by numbers



 
I had to turn the volume up... why, that's Louis Prima!

A unique sound... always good.

 
Louis Prima is The Man.{#Bananasplit}{#Bananasplit}
This is a song that my intellect tells me to dismiss; but my heart and body . .. they start jump, jive, and . . . wail, you get the idea

-Will (entertainscape.com)
Makes me want to break out my copy of Jungle Book!
 jademon wrote:
RP should not be promoting drunk driving!

 
it does sound like "Drunken drive!" XD
 dragon1952 wrote:
This song always seems to come on when my mind is already slightly frazzled resulting in an immediate mute. Way too busy and annoying.

 
You need to get out more.

"Papa's in the icebox lookin' for a can of ale"

 

Actually he's at the keyboard, taking time off from writing a contract of employment, with a large glass of red!


This song always seems to come on when my mind is already slightly frazzled resulting in an immediate mute. Way too busy and annoying.
{#Bananapiano} 
Sing it Louis!! I'm looking' for a can of ale.

Everyone in our kitchen loves this song... 
Jiving
His voice sounds like Ray Ellington of the Goons fame....
That is a truly great album cover! The song is pretty hepcat too.
Excellent.
This song was the reality of my childhood. I still have that look on my face btw ;)
I can't hear Guster's "The Captain" without thinking this song is coming on. Of course on RP it does, but it's funny that I expect this song to come up after I play "The Captain" from my iTunes library, which it most certainly does NOT.

Could it be that I listen to RP too much?  
 helgigermany wrote:
terrible!!

 

was?  bist du krank in kopf?  hast du gehirnschlag?  as everyone in the world knows - germans have no sense of humor (or fun)..........time to lighten up a little, hans, and loosen those leiderhosen.  

after all -  the main teutonic contributions to modern pop music are 1) "komm gib mir deine hand" 2) "neun und neunzig luft balloons"
RP should not be promoting drunk driving!
Lest we forget -- the song that resurrected swing dancing in the late 1990s...

(With maybe some help from Madison Avenue and The Gap)...

https://youtu.be/knW1hGwmEXQ


 helgigermany wrote:
terrible!!

 
Well, it's not John Coltrane. It's cheesy, even, but it is so much fun and so full of energy!
Meh! Sitting in an office with headphones on, this is simply way too energetic for me.
Great timing....15 yr wedding anniversary today and this was one of our first dances.... Great memories
Brian Setzer does a nice cover of this tune. 8
 helgigermany wrote:
terrible!!

 

That's because you're German. You just don't get it. Not your fault.
terrible!!
 bronorb wrote:


Isn't it "Thelonious Monk?"
 
Or Felonious Thunk!
 Cynaera wrote:

More than just fun, for me - it's memories coming back of the family together, listening to Glen Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey - the whole big-band sound. I can even remember Dad catching Mom in his arms for a swing and a dip that took her breath away. Awesome song - wonderful, simpler times...

Don't rip this song apart, you young whippersnappers. It was, and still is, good stuff.  {#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}
 

Miss you, Cynaera...

love this classic...
 
Classic cornerstone in the foundation of early rock, for sure!
LOVE!!! Dancing!!!  <3  How about some Sing,Sing, Sing? ;D
I really do not like this song. 
Superb.

 
Louis Prima is the best.
Plays this next to Mumford and Sons for the vocals - fantastic. Loving it.
Fifty shades of fantastic! Yeah baby!!


This is what people heard on their AM pop stations.... Elvis, Jerry Lee, Bill Haley and Comets would soon change the flavor towards younger tastes... Lots of good music in the 50's... It'll be discovered and covered with new instrumentations and  arrangements... "Saw Further Because I stood on Shoulders of Giants"... Einstein said something like that.


Yeah, Bill, please keep right on playing the Real Deal to let 'em know what it is!
Is there anything better than a honkin' brass section?
This is the Real Deal. Cherry Poppin' Daddies are good, but this is MAJOR.  Another great New Orleans musician.
C'mon! It doesn't get any better than this!!!!!
Is it really necessary to play this song every single day (or so it seems)?
Any time I think of Louis Prima, I think of the movie The Big Night. I want fish NOW!

 leonswiatek wrote:

How about something with Keely Smith

 
Well she is on this, a little.

How about something with Keely Smith


It's totally "drunk drivin"!
Oh, yeah.
i want to return these times
Louis is the best!
cover art

I enjoy,..  glad that there is a variety of music including pieces like this.  That's what "eclectic" means.  :-)  Keep on keepin' on!
Sorry, folks...the bland repetition of this makes me want to shoot myself. Glad you're all foot tapping and swinging...have fun! But I'm enjoying the mute button.
 fredriley wrote:
Yet more jazz? I'm sure we've had Felonious Monk and Robbie - sorry, John - Coltrane in the last couple of hours. Great for jazzophiles I'm sure, but not so great for the rest of us.

I think I must be the victim of aversion therapy from my Dad, who inflicted jazz, especially discordant ear-mangling Be-bop 'sophisto-jazz' (his term) on us offspring constantly throughout childhood, until we were old enough to make a break for it. Our music wasn't allowed anywhere near his 'state of the art' stereo system, of course, for fear of knackering the pickup. Way to go, Dad.

 

Isn't it "Thelonious Monk?"
If you drunk drive,
then you wail away.
Flip, flop, fly
Don't care if I die
 jam5ie76 wrote:
Dont get that some people aren't moved by this, I was wailing by the end!

 

Oh yeah...  How could you NOT tap a foot at the very least??  {#Bananajam}
So much for dinner. My children and I jumped out of out seats to tear up the rug to this number. Oh yeah, we be dancin!
 TerryS wrote:
Come on Cynaera, where are you?

 
I can't say any more than I've already said about this song... Except that I'm seriously considering learning to swing-dance, just so I can dazzle someone with my prowess when this song, in any of its incarnations, is played... I swear, if I had this on my MP3 player, I'd be the most efficient employee at the nursery/greenhouse - and probably the most amusing...

Whats up with this station today? I will hope, some fine music is coming up soon!
Hey, this is longer than the version I have on his greatest hits. Love it!
 fredriley wrote:
Yet more jazz? I'm sure we've had Felonious Monk and Robbie - sorry, John - Coltrane in the last couple of hours. Great for jazzophiles I'm sure, but not so great for the rest of us.

I think I must be the victim of aversion therapy from my Dad, who inflicted jazz, especially discordant ear-mangling Be-bop 'sophisto-jazz' (his term) on us offspring constantly throughout childhood, until we were old enough to make a break for it. Our music wasn't allowed anywhere near his 'state of the art' stereo system, of course, for fear of knackering the pickup. Way to go, Dad.

 

maybe instead of harboring your contempt for jazz, maybe it's time to explore it and figure out why your dad, and so many others, were/are into it.
Come on Cynaera, where are you?

I have never liked this song, but at least it is the Louis Prima version buffers the annoyance a bit.
Drunk driving...?
{#No}
 rdo wrote:


Ahhh, yet not "classic" enough for you to give it a 10.
 
That's not really the measure of a 10. I recognize a lot of classic stuff with a 6 or 7 ... or 1 or 2. The fact that it isn't as important to me as other songs has no bearing on what I might call a classic.
  
 ortallcowgirl wrote:


Then I am glad you were not alive then.  Classic music!  And when it was remade in the 1990's it was just as popular with the younger crowd!
 

Ahhh, yet not "classic" enough for you to give it a 10.
Yet more jazz? I'm sure we've had Felonious Monk and Robbie - sorry, John - Coltrane in the last couple of hours. Great for jazzophiles I'm sure, but not so great for the rest of us.

I think I must be the victim of aversion therapy from my Dad, who inflicted jazz, especially discordant ear-mangling Be-bop 'sophisto-jazz' (his term) on us offspring constantly throughout childhood, until we were old enough to make a break for it. Our music wasn't allowed anywhere near his 'state of the art' stereo system, of course, for fear of knackering the pickup. Way to go, Dad.

Go Louie!!
How very timely - just as Mr. Prima sang, "Baby, baby, looks like it's gonna hail," it started hailing outside!  This is the weirdest weather I've seen in a long time...  Gotta go dance now.  {#Bananasplit}
Dont get that some people aren't moved by this, I was wailing by the end!

 lerxst wrote:
Oh crap, I wailed, then jumped, then jived.  Now I've fallen and I can't get up.
 
You need to wail again.  It will erase the first wail and get you right back on track. {#Roflol} {#Bananasplit}
Oh crap, I wailed, then jumped, then jived.  Now I've fallen and I can't get up.

A great nod to the past and the reason we LOVE human DJ's!!!!!!!!


 crockydile wrote:
Okay, Bill. This is starting to get old. Nice every once in a while, but it's been on heavy rotation recently. {#Yell}
 
yeah, I hear you.  It's okay, but so often? {#Stupid}
 King-Tut09 wrote:
What is the matter with folk............this is a fun song..{#Dancingbanana}{#Rolleyes}{#Dancingbanana}
 
More than just fun, for me - it's memories coming back of the family together, listening to Glen Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey - the whole big-band sound. I can even remember Dad catching Mom in his arms for a swing and a dip that took her breath away. Awesome song - wonderful, simpler times...

Don't rip this song apart, you young whippersnappers. It was, and still is, good stuff.  {#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}
lemme teach ya how to contrive a tale!

 DaveInVA wrote:
I always thought he was singing "Drunken driving, then your going to jail"
 
HAHAHAHA... spit my coffee out on this one!
 rdo wrote:

I was not alive back then, but I have a feeling that I would have really hated the music that passed for good at the time.
 

Then I am glad you were not alive then.  Classic music!  And when it was remade in the 1990's it was just as popular with the younger crowd!
 stoliwarrior wrote:
now you been busted I see you sitting there tappin' your toes and doing the famous "seat dancin"
 

No need to bust me, I like to be seen as a chair dancer!!!
now you been busted I see you sitting there tappin' your toes and doing the famous "seat dancin"
What is the matter with folk............this is a fun song..{#Dancingbanana}{#Rolleyes}{#Dancingbanana}
 lewie221 wrote:
Astonishingly lame. Awful lyrics and backing singers and band with no rhythm.

Be grateful, people, musically at least, that you live now. Back then there wasn't anything else to listen to so this kind of crap was acceptable.
 
I was not alive back then, but I have a feeling that I would have really hated the music that passed for good at the time.


that is a good one, some kind of time traveling into yesterdays, maybe i have missed my parents as a kid..good song{#Meditate} like it

Bill, enough of this one already. Can we re-retire it and pull something else out from the distant past? {#Doh}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Need some Angelina Zooma Zooma!{#Yes}
 

or some pennies from heaven!
Need some Angelina Zooma Zooma!{#Yes}
Ohhhhh - I heard this, knew it was the original, and flashed back to the Brian Setzer Orchestra's version. Lordy - it's just a good song no matter WHO does it! I'd never heard Louis Prima's rendition - but the Setzer version hooked me right away.  I have a friend who does swing-dancing, and they use the Setzer version. I'm partial, but day-am, Louis Prima rocks, too! (We need to get us a swing-dance banana.)
I have a Prima disk and it jumps!  I also liked him as the voice characterization of King Louie in Disney's "Jungle Book."

lemme teach ya how to drive a whale!
Okay, Bill. This is starting to get old. Nice every once in a while, but it's been on heavy rotation recently. {#Yell}
New Orleans favorite son Louis Prima was just named the subject of the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazzfest) Poster. The artist is a guy named Anthony Benedetto, but you might know him as Tony Bennett.


 DaveInVA wrote:
I always thought he was singing "Drunken driving, then your going to jail"

 
BIG chuckle!
Some folks need more jumpin' and jivin' and less wailin'.

lewie221 just doesn't get it.{#Dancingbanana}

 lewie221 wrote:
Astonishingly lame. Awful lyrics and backing singers and band with no rhythm.

Be grateful, people, musically at least, that you live now. Back then there wasn't anything else to listen to so this kind of crap was acceptable.
 

This comment took my breath away. Truly.
 DaveInVA wrote:
I always thought he was singing "Drunk driving, then your going to jail"
 

ha ha!
Not his best, but Louis Prima makes one feel good. There's something to be said about that. Who can not feel good about "King Louis" singing in the Jungle Book?
I always thought he was singing "Drunken driving, then your going to jail"