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Fabulous account of two extraordinary lives and the interesting lives and times of the talented musicians who came up in this era. Entertaining account of the history of Las Vegas and New Orleans. You won't get this in the history books! I was spell bound. What an unusual surprise! Great story telling and lively heart felt narration. A fine piece of entertainment for anyone interested in the world and the lives of people who think out of the box!
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A well written and researched book covering Prima's (and Keely Smith's) life and career from New Orleans to New York, Las Vegas and back again. Lots of great information here, not only about Prima, Smith and company, but also about early jazz and Las Vegas during its hay day.
Unfortunately, I did not care for the narrator at all. His voice reminded me of Casey Kassem with that same sense of drama and timeing. He frequently mispronounced most of the Italian names and words, referring to Prima's bandleader ( who worked with him from 1953 until Prima's death) as Sam Beautera instead of Butera which became kind of maddening. This was just one of many mistakes he made throughout. I'm of the opinion that if they are going to hire a guy to read something they ought to be sure he can do it correctly.
I still liked the book and do recommend it.