Louis Prima's legacy was incomplete until 2002, when his wife reissued long-lost songs.

Aug 05, 2014 1168

The granite crypt topped by the trumpet-playing angel stands on what was once a horseracing track, a fitting final resting place for the pony-loving Louis Prima. The inscription on his tomb in Lakelawn Metairie Cemetery is taken from one of his most famous recordings: "When the end comes I know, they'll say, 'Just a gigolo, ' as life goes on without me."

Louis Prima, the Italian-American Louis Armstrong, died in 1978 after 40 years in hot pursuit of his show business dreams. He lived many of them: Scorching 52nd Street in New York with his hard-swinging trumpet.

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