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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Album review: Scatman Crothers - Groovin with ... Scatman

The name of Scatman Crothers probably means nothing to our younger readers and maybe the same applies to some of our older ones too. In truth, the name had also been off my radar for many years which, as he died in 1986 aged 76 is perhaps excusable except that, after listening to these tracks from 1976, I should have being singing/scatting his praises from the top of the Empire State!

He appeared in 46 movies, countless radio and TV shows and was eventually honoured with a star on the famed Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame.

As Benjamin Sherman Crothers' stage name implies, he could scat with the best of them and I really do mean the best!

Although the 8 tracks only run for just under 23 minutes every second is precious with some fine vibes from Victor Feldman to add to the delights.

You want stars? Look to the sky on a clear night and start counting... Lance 

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Going Strong; Scatman's; Still Going Strong; You're Pretty; Louis is your Garbage Man; Scoot on Over to Scats; Stanley (Kubrick); Going Strong Theme.

Scatman Crothers (vocals): Ray Brown (bass); Arthur Adams (bass); Al Ciner (guitar); Earl Palmer (drums); Tommy Newson, Bill Green (reeds); Snooky Young, Oscar Brashear, Jimmy Zito (trumpets); Chauncey Welsh, Ernie Tack (trombones);Dianne Brooks, Clydie King, Grace Cosgrove (backing vocals)

Tracks 4-6: Scatman Crothers (vocals): Dennis Belfield (bass); Al Ciner (guitar); Ralph Humphrey (drums); Victor Feldman (piano, vibes, perc.); Sherlie Mae Matthews (backing vocals). 

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