Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Sam Butera – All Night Long. Hug and kiss her till that’s enough.
I forgot, somehow, that there were 31 days in July, which means an odd number, difficult for a month of doubling up. So, an extra version of ‘All Night Long‘, but which one?
Having personified various versions of the song in last night’s blog, I could have ignored all those artists and gig for someone completely different. But I was too tempted by the short but sweet pleasures of Louis Prima and his band.
I think it’s said that if it looks like the crew had fun making a film, then the end result is unlikely to be as much fun for the audience/viewer. I don’t think the same need be said of a song, as it always sounds as if Louis and his band are having a great time – the music is always full of gentle digs and bonhomie.
This is no exception, and Louis entreating Sam Butera to as Judy one more refrain to his singing brings out infectious giggles. There’s pleasure in Sam’s voice anyway, and the little swings of the piano, drums and bass jog him along, while the horns and sax give the more direct push that Louis himself injects towards the end of the song.
It’s corny stuff, of course, and the acoustics of the music, the big band sound, is the shirt of thing I’d expect to hear as a kid on Radio two as I idly tuned the dial, swiftly dueling on to another station for fear of being lulled into slumberland.
There’s probably something about middle age that makes me stop the dial these days and dally a bit longer over such good time music, though thankfully without the snooze-inducing dulcet tones of the stereotypical Radio 2 slick DJ.
I posted a blog about Keely Smith back in April, but didn’t mention them, when I first heard Louis Prima. It was on holiday on the Costa Brava, in a small restaurant, drinking sangria. I think it was ‘King of the Jungle‘, and I would have sworn it was Louis Armstrong, until I found out the truth later. I loved the easy way he had with the song form then, and I still like it now.
Tomorrow is a new month and a new theme, but I’m happy to have found a doubling up where two songs share the same joyful vibe – Lionel and Louis both.
I can’t find a clip of Sam singing but you can’t have too much Keely Smith in your life, so here she is, singing the same song: