Louis Prima

While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, and jump blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career: he formed a seven-piece New Orleans-style jazz band in the late 1920s, fronted a swing combo in the 1930s and a big band group in the 1940s, helped to popularize jump blues in the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s, and performed frequently as a Vegas lounge act beginning in the 1950s.

Prima made prominent use of Italian music and language in his songs, blending elements of his Italian identity with jazz and swing music. At a time when “ethnic” musicians were often discouraged from openly stressing their ethnicity, Prima’s conspicuous embrace of his Sicilian ethnicity opened the doors for other Italian-American and “ethnic” American musicians to display their ethnic roots.

Fans knew Prima as a genial and patient celebrity: he always signed autographs or posed for pictures with a smile. To the record companies and big corporations, however, Prima showed little deference, and he was uncompromising in seeking adequate compensation for his work.

Warner Brothers offered him $60,000 to be in a movie based on the life of Helen Morgan, but he rejected it; when the studio increased the offer to $75,000, it was still not enough. Prima wanted $100,000 and creative control of his role, which was rejected by Warner Brothers. He had protracted disputes with the Strand Theatre in Ithaca and Majestic Records, and he flatly refused to allow a former songwriter to advertise herself as “formerly featured with Louis Prima’s orchestra”.

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Oz haute cuisine

Had your brekky yet?

Pies are a cultural icon in Australia. In 2015, Eliza Barr wrote in the Daily Telegraphthat Australians worship them “at the altars of the service station, the quaint bakery, the footy oval and the friendly local pub.” She’s right. But in South Australia—in particular, the Murraylands region—there’s another little-known pastry that’s attracted a passionate cult following: the savoury slice.

To make this hearty (and, yes, savory) meal, cooks simply glue two pastry sheets together with a layer of meaty gravy, then cover one side with cheese and bacon before throwing the pizza-like creation into the oven. There’s little more than a handful of bakeries in the area that make the savoury slice, and each has a slightly different recipe. 

Just like everything else


Speaking with interviewer Matthew Street about her new book, “Outrages,” author Naomi Wolf, who was an advisor to both Bill Clinton and Al Gore and wrote a famous feminist book, “The Beauty Myth,” that was reportedly chock-full of inaccuracies, found one premise of her new book eviscerated when Street pointed out she had completely misunderstood a legal term.

Wolf had decided that there were several dozen executions of men for sodomy but did not understand that that fact was incorrect because she didn’t understand the legal term “death recorded.”

The heroes who let you bend the rules

This follows on from PCar’s comment under the OoL version of the previous post, a comment quoting Conservative Woman:

[H]er speech with its several allusions to the need for compromise, her repeated imputation that the problem still lies with her party and Parliament (not with her) for not falling in line with her phoney BRINO paradigm, the bottom common denominator of which necessarily had to go ever lower. There was no humility at all.

Nail. Head. Oh how far-reaching was that comment within a comment, as noted further down.

First though, where your humble blogger is coming from. If you go to my profile page, there is a political compass, placing me centre-right.