Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Winnie the Pooh - Louis Prima

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.

Winnie the Pooh
Louis Prima


Brian said...

Great stuff, but when I come to the page all the audio tracks start playing at once. Sort of a mix of all of them.

Cubey said...

I have a Disney LP sold by Gulf gas stations back in the late 60s that has this track. Since I was a child in the 80s I loved the song from this LP. I ended up recording an MP3 from the LP too. :)

Anonymous said...

I bought that record from the gas station, too. Thanks for reminding me.

Thank you Kurtis for the file! Dunno why but the memory hit me in the shower. I sang it, then fired up the computer to see if it could be found. First I googled with Louis Armstrong then remembered Prima's voice from "Jungle Book" records. That helped Google find your blog, Kurtis.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Had searched for Louis Prima singing Winnie the Pooh for ages. Could never find it, until your kind post.
-'70's kid,