Angel Gabriel Playing a Trumpet (Prima) - New Orleans LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 29° 58.890 W 090° 07.128
15R E 777995 N 3320230
Quick Description: The Angel Gabriel Playing a Trumpet sculpture is on the top of the Louis Prima mausoleum located in Section 88, Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA. Louis Prima was a famous trumpet player in the late 1930's through the 1970's.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 3/27/2022 11:04:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM15Z3W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching
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Long Description:
The Angel Gabriel playing a trumpet sculpture is carved from white granite about 3 feet tall. I took the photos that are attached on March 28, 2002.

The inscription on his tombstone is:
Dec. 7, 1910 - Aug. 24, 1978
A Legend

When the end comes I know,
They'll say "Just a gigolo"
As life goes on without me.

Lovingly, your little family
Gia Lena Ann and Louis Jr.

Also interred in that mausoleum is his father and mother, Anthony Prima and Angelina Prima and his sister Margaret May Prima.

From the Find a Grave website:

"Louis Prima
BIRTH 7 Dec 1910
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
DEATH 24 Aug 1978 (aged 67)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA

Jazz Musician. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a child he studied violin for several years before claiming his brother's trumpet. By the time he was twelve, and his fifteen-year-old brother Leon were leading their own band, which started as the pit band of the Saenger Theater. At 22, he was spotted performing with Red Nichols by Guy Lombardo who encouraged him to move to New York. There he formed his own band, Louis Prima and his New Orleans Gang. His 1936 composition "Sing, Sing Sing" became one of the biggest hits and most covered numbers of the period. In 1939, Prima dissolved his Gang in favor of fronting a big band of his own; The Gleeby Rhythm Orchestra. He moved to Los Angeles where he headlined at the Famous Door nightclub. In 1948, he hired sixteen year old Dorothy Keely Smith, as his singer and their onstage chemistry was immediate. He would make her Mrs. Prima number four in 1952. In 1954, Prima accepted a booking at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas and his late show became one of the city's hottest attractions. Prima and Smith divorced in 1961, and he married another singer, Gia Maione, after which he continued to work in Vegas. In 1967, Disney, in an inspired decision, cast Prima in the animated feature, "The Jungle Book" as the orangutan, King Louis. "I Wanna Be Like You" was a hit song from the movie that led to the recording of two albums with Phil Harris who voiced Baloo the Bear: "The Jungle Book" and "More Jungle Book", on Disneyland Records. He also appeared on the soundtrack to "The Man Called Flintstone". Prima's act moved back to New Orleans in the early 1970s. In 1975, Prima underwent brain surgery in order to remove a tumor and lapsed into a coma. He remained hospitalized until his death almost three years later. He was interred in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a grey marble crypt topped by a figure of Gabriel, the angel with a trumpet. Prima's music continues to be covered by other musicians, including the Brian Setzer Orchestra who covered the Prima standard "Jump and Jive and Wail" during the 1990s nouveau swing period, sending it to the top of the charts once again.

Bio by: Iola"

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