Scatman Crothers – Groovin’ with… Scatman

Scatman Crothers – Groovin’ with… Scatman

May 10, 2021

Scatman Crothers – Vocals
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 8:
Bass: Ray Brown
Guitar: Arthur Adams
Piano/B3: Mike Melvoin
Guitar: Al Ciner
Drums: Earl Palmer
BG Vocals: Dianne Brooks, Clydie King, Grace Cosgrove
Featuring The Tonight Show Horn Section:
Reeds: Tommy Newson, Bill Green
Trumpets: Snooky Young, Oscar Brashear, John Audino, Jimmy Zito
Trombones: Chauncey Welsh, Ernie Tack
Tracks 4-6
Bass: Dennis Belfield
Guitar: Al Ciner
Drums: Ralph Humphrey
Piano, Vibraphone & Percussion: Victor Feldman
Background Vocals: Sherlie Mae Matthews

Benjamin ShermanScatman’ Crothers (1910-1986) was a true star of the stage, film, and television. He first started performing in clubs as a singer and drummer in his teens, and wound up performing on Chicago’s speak-easy circuit in the latter part of the ‘Roaring 20’s.’ In 1931, Crothers found himself hosting his own radio show on WFMK in Dayton, Ohio, where he became well known for scatting over instrumental tracks on the air. Billing himself as ‘Scat Man’, he formed his own trio, Scat Man and His Cats, and toured the South extensively. In 1934, he performed at the world famous Cotton Club for the first time, and in 1935 he made his first appearance on film in a short called Symphony In Black featuring Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday. He would go on to act in 45 more motion pictures, including The Shining, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Bronco Billy, Aristocats, The Shootist, Silver Streak, The Lady Sings The Blues, Scavenger Hunt, and Transformers: The Movie.

In 1943, Scatman moved to Hollywood, California, and in 1948 became one of the first African Americans to land a recurring role on a network TV show: Paramount’s Dixie Showboat. Over the next three decades, Scatman appeared in hundreds of TV programs. Crothers was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame, located in front of the famed Egyptian Theater.

In 1975, after thirty years of recording for labels like RCA, Capitol, Decca, and Motown,  Crothers met record producer/composer Andrew A. Melzer. Together, they recorded a collection of songs that are finally being released today by Panda Digital. Groovin’ with…Scatman captures Crothers in his element alongside studio veterans and jazz legends like Ray Brown and Victor Feldman. This colourful and entertaining album includes beautiful pop standards like You’re Pretty, a couple of comedic dance numbers, and a pair of tributes to characters he played: Louie is Your Garbage Man (NBC’s Chico and the Man) and Stanley Does It All (Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.)

Release Date: June 18th, 2021 on Panda Digital