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Crothers, Scatman (1910–1986)

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CROTHERS, SCATMAN (1910–1986). Actor, singer, songwriter. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, as Benjamin Sherman Crothers, and after high school, he traveled across the Midwest with his band performing in hotels and nightclubs. His first film role was as Billie Holiday’s jilted lover in the one reel musical with Duke Ellington, Symphony in Black , 1936. In 1948, he traveled with his band to Los Angeles and later appeared in the Hollywood films Yes Sir, Mr. Bones , 1951, and Meet Me at the Fair , 1953, for which he also provided some of the music. Crothers recorded many of his original tunes, including “The Gal Looks Good,” “I Was There,” and “A Man’s Gotta Eat,” and he took his nickname “Scatman” from the scat style of singing he did.

Filmography: Symphony in Black , 1936; Yes Sir, Mr. Bones , 1951; Meet Me at the Fair , 1953; East of Sumatra , 1953; Walking My Baby Back Home , 1953; Tarzan and the Trappers , 1958; The Sins of Rachel Cade , 1961; Lady in a Cage , 1964; The Patsy , 1964; Three on a Couch , 1966; Chandler , 1971; Lady Sings the Blues , 1972; Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off , 1973; Detroit 9000 , 1973; Black Belt Jones , 1974; Truck Turner , 1974; Friday Foster , 1975; Coonskin , 1975; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest , 1975; Stay Hungry , 1976; The Shootist , 1976; Silver Streak , 1976; Roots , 1977; Mean Dog Blues , 1977; The Cheap Detective , 1978; Scavenger Hunt , 1979; The Shining , 1980; Billy Bronco , 1980; Zapped! , 1982; Deadly Eyes , 1982; Two of a Kind , 1983; Twilight Zone: The Movie , 1983; The Journey of Natty Gann , 1985; The Wonderful World of Johnathan Winters , 1986.

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