Jump, Jive an' Wail

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"Jump, Jive an' Wail" is a 1956 jazz swing song by Louis Prima.[1][2] It first appeared on his album The Wildest! and became one of his signature songs.[3] Keely Smith, Prima's wife at that time, was one of the backup singers on the song.

The song had a resurgence in popularity during the Swing revival in the late 1990s.[4] The Gap used Prima's version in a "Khakis Swing" commercial in 1998.[5] The Brian Setzer Orchestra covered the song on their 1998 album The Dirty Boogie.[6] In 1999 Setzer's cover won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 41st Grammy Awards.

Louis Prima's version is used in the 2008 film Igor.[citation needed]

The 1998 version was featured in Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie trailer.


  1. ^ Stark, Karl (September 7, 2007). Louis Prima; Jump, Jive An' Wail: The Essential Louis Prima (review). The Philadelphia Inquirer
  2. ^ Hillburn, Robert (July 24, 2007). Prima and Smith's chemistry and showmanship on exhibit. Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ "Reviews and Ratings of New Albums". The Billboard. 17 November 1956. p. 26. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  4. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (2008). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Octopus Books, London. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-8440-3624-0.
  5. ^ Yanow, Scott (2000). Swing: The Essential Listening Companion. Hal Leonard Corporation, ISBN 9780879306007
  6. ^ Staff report (January 1, 1999). Jump Jive an' Wail of a good time. Daily News of Los Angeles

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