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Sam Butera

Louis Prima with Sam Butera & The Witnesses

Beep! Beep!

 

Sam Butera

Louis Prima with Sam Butera & The Witnesses

Beep! Beep!

 

When Louis Prima, Keely Smith and the ingenious saxophonist Sam Butera recorded for the Capitol label in the late 1950s, he was in his late 40s and can look back on a long and varied career. The New Orleans-born singer, actor and trumpeter already has his own band in 1934, but it is the songs he records as a swinging rock'n' roll bandleader that cement his fame to this day: Bananasplit For My Baby, Jump, Jive And Wail or Buona Sera are real evergreens.

The B-side of Buona Sera takes up people's longing for the starry sky. Countless science fiction films such as'Invasion of Mars','Alarm in Space' or'R3 Overdue' lure people into cinemas - and then there is the'Sputnik', the satellite shot into space by the Soviets on October 4, 1957. It inspires not only the race of the superpowers towards the moon, but also the imagination of the producers of Beep! Beep!. The song is enriched with spacey noises that underline the singer's longing for his beloved astronaut.

Available on: BCD 15776: The Capitol Recordings (Box of 8 CDs)

 

Sam Butera

Rock'n'Roll fans who found themselves back in Las Vegas with an evening to kill could usually rely on seeing either Freddie Bell & the Bellboys or Sam Butera, although both were less well known lately. Butera is seventy-six years old (born August 17, 1927 in New Orleans) and his goal was to become a jazz saxophonist. But then in 1954 he accepted an offer from another Crescent City son, Louis Prima, to work with him in Vegas. Almost fifty years later (and with Prima dead for half that time), Butera is still there.

His first solo recordings for Groove/RCA were collected on our'Hot New Orleans Nights' CD (BCD 15499). From there he flirted briefly with Cadence before he came to Prima in Capitol. In 1958, he probably thought he had no choice but to cut rock'n' roll, but it was only a short distance from the honking R&B he had cut to Bim Bam earlier in his career. Ray Stanley, who had composed Perry Como's hit Glendora in 1956, wrote Bim Bam.

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The Big Horn (CD Japan) Sam Butera: The Big Horn (CD Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCJ6303

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(EMI Japan) 12 tracks - very rare high quality japan mono re-issue of this 1559 Capitol album - sealed stock copy! (Bear Family Records)
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By Request (CD) Sam Butera: By Request (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS314

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​(1992/Jasmine) 17 tracks
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Tribute To Louis Prima, Vol.2 (CD) Sam Butera: Tribute To Louis Prima, Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS320

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(1994/Jasmine) 17 tracks
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Sheer Energy (CD) Sam Butera: Sheer Energy (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS313

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​(1992/Jasmine) 15 tracks
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Ultra Lounge - Wild, Cool & Swinging' (CD) Sam Butera: Ultra Lounge - Wild, Cool & Swinging' (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP20335

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(1999/CAPITOL) 20 tracks 1958-62 24BIT mastering
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The Super Dance Mix - 12'Maxi Stereo Sam Butera & The Wildest: The Super Dance Mix - 12'Maxi Stereo Art-Nr.: SUPREME3003

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(SUPREME) 2 Poor Boy Records Medleys ca.1970/80s? on 45RPM / rare Party/Dance classic
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Play Music From 'The Rat Race (CD) Sam Butera & Witnesses: Play Music From 'The Rat Race (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS356

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Sam Butera & Witnesses - Play Music From 'The Rat Race (CD)
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The Wildest Clan - Apache (CD) Sam Butera & Witnesses: The Wildest Clan - Apache (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS346

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The Wildest Clan - Apache (CD)
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Hot New Orleans Nights Sam Butera: Hot New Orleans Nights Art-Nr.: BCD15449

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 19 tracks. Playing time approx. 43 mns. Anyone with the slightest appreciation for Louis Prima's incredible Vegas shows of the '50s and '60s will instantly recognize Butera's name ... and his hard-driving,...
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