Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody -- Louis Prima

No, David Lee Roth didn't create this combination of two songs, and neither did The Village People. The two songs Just a Gigolo and I Ain't Got Nobody weren't at all related; Just a Gigolo is a reworking of an Austrian song of 1929 into English lyrics, I Ain't Got Nobody is a 1910s standard that was light of depth.

It was Louis Prima who paired the songs together in the late 40s, and then converted them to "jump jive" in the 50s. He recorded the song in 1956, and the rest is history.

(This isn't quite as official a version of the song as the other under the Louis Prima account on YouTube, but I REALLY dislike the picture they used on the album cover for that song.)

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