A big thank-you to Jerry Beck and Cartoon Brew for featuring Covering the Mouse on their blog! Jerry, this post is for you!
LOUIS PRIMA was one of the leading Swingers of the 30s and 40s and continued to make the music he loved up until his death in the 70s. You will recognize him as the voice of King Louie in the Jungle Book (the line 'I'm the King of the Swingers' from I Wan'na Be Like You was a reference to him).
Prima has done more work with Disney over the years, recording his swing versions of many Disney songs, including the theme to Winnie the Pooh. I found this old record called WINNIE THE POOH AND TIGGER sitting in a guys old stack of records. It was scratched beyond belief but it had this great version of Pooh's theme by Louis Prima that I knew I had to have. So here it is. Please excuse the all the pops. It was the best I could do to get it sounding good.
You'll notice, if you click the album cover below, that Tigger looks totally wrong. Tigger made his debut in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day in 1968 and this record was released in 1968 and is a soundtrack to that short. I can only assume that the cover art was done well in advance so the artist never saw any character designs or concept art.
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