Song of the Day #1892

Song of the Day: You Rascal You was composed by Sam Theard in 1929, under the less diplomatic, original title, “I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead“. It has been recorded by many artists throughout the years, including Louis Armstrong [YouTube link]. Today, however, I feature an equally hilarious version by the late Louis Prima, who was born on this day in 1910, long before it was “a date which will live in infamy.” Deeply influenced by Satchmo, Prima changes up the lyrics with Sicilian flair—with references to ravioli and meatballs! The track is a highlight of his album, “The Wildest!“, with its eclectic mix of early rock and roll, jump blues, jazz, and off-the-wall humor. Check out this swinging version here (see below), which features the birthday boy on trumpet, Sam Butera on tenor saxophone, and James Blount, Jr. on trombone.

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