Jump, Jive an' Wail

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"Jump, Jive an' Wail"
Song by Louis Prima
from the album The Wildest!
Released1956 (1956)

"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]

Cover versions[edit]

The Brian Setzer Orchestra covered the song on their 1998 album The Dirty Boogie.[5] 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.

Popular culture[edit]

  • Louis Prima's version is used in the 2008 film Igor.
  • The 1998 version was featured in the Stuart Little and Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie trailers.
  • The 1998 version was seen as an archive footage clip was featured during the music "Dickie's Dream" by Count Basie in the final episode, "A Masterpiece by Midnight" from the 2001 Ken Burns documentary Jazz.
  • The Gap used Prima's version in a "Khakis Swing" commercial in 1998.[6]


  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. ^ Staff report (January 1, 1999). Jump Jive an' Wail of a good time. Daily News of Los Angeles
  6. ^ Yanow, Scott (2000). Swing: The Essential Listening Companion. Hal Leonard Corporation, ISBN 9780879306007

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