Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Lounge Legend Promoting Preservation Of Lounge Acts

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Lounge acts are an endangered species but one famous lounge legend is doing her best to preserve their memory.

Keely Smith – who, with hubby Louis Prima, sang lounge classics like “Just A Gigolo/ I Ain’t Got Nobody” and “Jump, Jive And Wail” – is on a one-woman mission to create a lounge act revival because, as she puts it, “there are a lot of great acts still around that haven’t gotten exposure.”

Smith helped make lounge acts popular in the 1950s and now she wants to show young music fans what they’re missing.

She says lounge acts are different from other musical groups in that they include music, comedy, and more sponteneity.

As she puts it, “In our own act, we know we’ll begin with ‘When You’re Smiling’ and close with ‘When The Saints Go Marching In,” and between that is anyone’s guess.”

Bringing back the lounge era won’t be easy but Smith is giving today’s hipsters a taste with her new album, Vegas ’58 – Today, which is a reproduction of her original stage act with Prima.

The album hits stores April 12 and will be followed by a run at Feinstein’s At the Regency in New York starting April 19.

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