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Sam Butera was a tenor saxophonist best noted for his collaborations with Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Butera is frequently regarded as a crossover artist who performed with equal ease in both R&B and the post-big band pop style of jazz that permeated the early Vegas nightclub scene. With Louis Prima, Butera remained the bandleader of The Witnesses for more than twenty years. During that time, he performed with Louis Prima and/or Keely Smith on such Prima-associated songs as "That Old Black Magic", "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody," "Come on-a My House," and "I Wan'na Be Like You" (from Disney's The Jungle Book). Butera is noted for his raucous playing style, his off-color humor, and the innuendo in his lyrics. The arrangement he made with Prima of "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" has been covered by David Lee Roth, Los Lobos, Brian Setzer, The Village People, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. In addition to his accomplishments as a saxophonist and composer, Butera is widely regarded as the inspiration for the vocal style of fellow New Orleans-born jazz singer Harry Connick, Jr.
Sam was named “Best Saxophonist” by Look Magazine in 1946 at age 19, which gave him the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, receiving the Augustus Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Entertainer of the Year in 1998, as well as performing at the Presidential Inauguration of John F. Kennedy.
Butera played a part in the movie The Rat Race (1960), starring Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. He played a scam artist along with Joe Bushkin who fleeced Curtis out of his instruments.
Final Resting Place:
5190 Canal Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70124
Butera Mausoleum, 8 Live Oak Avenue
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery drive straight ahead on Metairie Road and then turn right on Live Oak Avenue that runs the length of the cemetery. The Butera Mausoleum with the large cross on the top is located between Osier Walk and Mercury Walk (closer to Osier Walk).
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Read More About Sam Butera:
Videos Featuring Sam Butera:
Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Sam Butera & The Witnesses "Just A Gigolo & I Ain't Got Nobody"
Louis Prima with Sam Butera LIVE -- When You're Smiling / C'è La Luna / Zooma Zooma / Oh Marie
Sam Butera - Just a Gigolo (Live on Letterman 1987)
Louis Prima with Gia Maione and Sam Butera & The Witnesses "Oh Marie" on The Ed Sullivan Show
Louis Prima, Gia Maione, Sam Butera & Witnesses 2/12/65
Sam Butera & The Witnesses - Let The Good Times Roll
Louis Prima, Sam Butera & The Witnesses — As Time Goes By (Live)
Sam Butera - Chantilly Lace
You Belong To Me - Sam Butera (1964)
Sam Butera (Louis Prima) Interview + Live at The Shim Sham Club, New Orleans, April 1999
Sam Butera Interview 2009 with Marc Berman
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