Who Sang The Lip? Louis Prima

Louis Prima The Wildest! cover art
writers: Raymond Klages, Vick, Sr. Knight
release date: 1956-11
length: 2:17
producer: Voyle Gilmore
orchestra: The Witnesses
vocal: Keely Smith and Louis Prima
trumpet: Louis Prima
tenor saxophone: Sam Butera
Down on the Mississippi River in a knockdo* dive
I met a trumpet playin' character and Man alive!
When he began to rip, he really played it from the hip
And when I asked about his name, they told me, "That's 'The Lip'."
Yip yip yip yip
No one plays high notes like The Lip.
He's got a tone that's reminiscent of a boy named Bix
He plays so high that only dogs can hear him, just for kicks.
And when I asked him does he read
He says, "I'll tell you, hon, I read a little bit but not enough to hurt me none."
Yip yip yip yip.
No one plays high notes like The Lip.
I said The Lip.
She must mean Ray Anthony, huh?
I said The Lip.
No, man, she means Harry James.
I said The Lip.
You mean Louis Prima.
I said The Lip.
Noo, LIP-er-ace.
Yip yip yip yip
No one plays high notes like The Lip.
I never heard a trumpet player play a note so high
And I had to coax a lot before The Lip would tell me why
Then he took out a little jar that's labelled 'High-note Grease'
And he rubs a little every night on his mouthpiece
Yip yip yip yip
No one plays high notes like The Lip.
Listen here gal, are you kiddin' about all that 'high-note grease'?
No, man, I swear, he had ten in his valise.
Wha', you mean he goes to the drugstore and gets them from the medicine shelf?
No, some cat's told me he makes it himself.
Yip yip yip yip
Tell us the secret of The Lip.
Well..you take a bucketful of steam
And a dozen rooster eggs
And you mix 'em up gently with a bushel full of goldfish legs
And ya hang 'em on a sky hook in the midnight sun
Mmm and then you fry them until they're done.
Yip yip yip yip
That's the secret of The Lip

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
  • 2 (Nothing's Too Good) For My Baby
  • 3 The Lip
  • 4 Body and Soul
  • 5 Oh Marie
  • 6 Basin Street Blues / When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  • 7 Jump, Jive, an' Wail
  • 8 Buona Sera
  • 9 Night Train
  • 10 (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You

  • Album Information
    label: Capitol Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin