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- I suggest you take a look at the article to clear this up very easily. Infrogmation (talk) 21:55, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Is the image actually Louis Prima?
Is that lead image actually of Louis Prima? I'm a fan and there are tons of images of him online or on YouTube clips, and the one doesn't look anything like him. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 20:25, 11 March 2012 (UTC)
While researching ship manifests "Italians to America" in the Jefferson Parish Main Library, I discovered what I think is the Ship that Louis Prima's parents came to the US aboard. I found the Primas in a transcript of the SS Elysia's manifest. My great grandparents, grandfather and siblings came to the US aboard that ship in 1892. There were a couple of SS Elysias and this is the older one built in the 1870s. She was a 300 ft steamship.
This entry on Louis Prima was undoubtedly written by an enthusiastic and well intentioned fan. I do not profess to be an expert on Louis Prima. I simply have a casual appreciation of his music. While I realize I could just make edits and see where the chips fall, I instead thought it would be preferable to point out that the Wikipedia entry about him does not read like an encyclopedia article and contains a number of statements and colorful generalizations that are highly subjective, irrelevant, inaccurate and/or contentious. Instead it reads like a paraphrased autobiography. For example:
"At the time, segregation between blacks and whites was extremely prevalent. However, Italians and African Americans got along famously. Each shared the same economic, social, and political values. They also embodied similar entertainment rituals."
"The Big Apple New York was an attraction for hungry musicians during the Great Depression. It posed numerous risks, but all of the best artists in the nation made it in New York if not anywhere else." [The aliens from Neptune thank you for the lowdown on New York.]
"The mob posed problems because Louis was forced to pay for protection every week and found himself getting too involved in that way of life."
"When World War II came around, many men were drafted." [Also, when fish evolved, many of them had fins.]
"Louis Prima’s personality varied at times." [Sadly, he appears to be the only person in the history of the world to have suffered from this affliction.]
I'm not arguing for a complete rewrite of this entry. Louis Prima was a vivid personality and to a certain extent it's appropriate for an account of his life to reflect that. But I do think the tone needs to be reined in a bit and that many more citations need to be provided by an informed and objective writer. Otherwise, someday some 5th grader somewhere is going to end up getting a C- on her "famous people who inspired me" report and will never be able to make it as a biographer in New York. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mgh511 (talk • contribs) 07:02, 1 June 2013 (UTC)
I'd vote for a major rewrite, personally. This does have that "written by a well-meaning fan" taste to it. It also leaves out many important facts and milestones and tends to be flat. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 07:33, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
One nit I have is the single-source dismissal of Gia Maione Prima (from Garry Boulard). Personally, I've seen some sample clips of her, and I'm impressed (especially given her having to follow up Keely Smith and striking a new style of her own.) The entry about her could stand being fleshed out more, in my view. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 19:00, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
VANDALISM. Trying to find out who is vandalizing this page. I suggested the following two items be added to the discography: 1935-1936 - Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang; 1937-1939 - Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang. Some vandal deleted this suggestion. Would the vandal please explain himself?--184.108.40.206 (talk) 16:22, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
I expanded the lead section with mention of two of Prima's signature songs and his role as King Louie in the Jungle Book. GeorgeCustersSabre reverted claiming my short paragraph was "not suitable for the intro." I'm 100% baffled, given that (a) immunerable other musician wiki pages mention their popular songs in the lead section (Dean Martin, Sinatra, The Clash, Wall of Voodoo, Howlin' Wolf, The Doors, and Jo-El Sonnier to pick a few at random); (b) the current article lead gives an incomplete overview of Prima's career; and (c) the article has ~16,000 characters and the style guide recommends 2 or 3 paragraphs as an intro for an article of that size, rather than the current 1 paragraph intro. ZeppoShemp (talk) 23:07, 2 May 2016 (UTC)ZeppoShemp 02 May 2016 ... sorry for formatting errors, I don't usually write on talk pages