Louis Prima Walk of Fame star unveiled Sun.

Singer-composer would have turned 100 years old this year

Louis Prima will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in front of the Montalban Theater on Vine Street.

The late jazz singer-composer, who would have turned 100 this year, came out of New Orleans during the 1920s and led bands playing various styles of music into the '70s, working clubs from Los Angeles to New York. His comic Las Vegas lounge act with Keely Smith and his band was popular throughout the '50s.

Prima also voiced the role of King Louie the orangutan in Disney's 1967 animated classic "The Jungle Book," in which he memorably sang "I Wanna Be Like You."

His son Louis Prima Jr. and daughter Lena Prima will accept the Walk of Fame honor. After the ceremony, Prima Jr. and his band the Witnesses, featuring Sarah Spiegel, will perform many of his father's best-known songs outside the theater.

Prima's star will be the 2,413th on the Walk of Fame.
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