The Scat Man Crothers R&B Legacy 1944-1956 (2-CD)
  • Capitol 15076
    Capitol 15076
  • Orchid 1-A
    Orchid 1-A
  • London 17008
    London 17008
  • Decca 29097
    Decca 29097
  • RIH 142
    RIH 142
  • MGM 12199
    MGM 12199
  • Scat Man Crothers
    Scat Man Crothers

Scat Man Crothers

The Scat Man Crothers R&B Legacy 1944-1956 (2-CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Scat Man Crothers (vcl, d), Leroy Nabors, Ted Buckner (tp), Calvin Boze (tp, vcl), Red Nichols (cnt), Vic Dickenson, King Jackson (tb), Jimmy Harris, Marshall Royal, Benny Carter (as), Rosy McHargue, Joe Darensbourg (cl), Lucky Thompson, Joe Rushton, Maxwell Davis (ts), Que Martin (ts, cl, bs), Lee Barnes, Riff Charles, Gerald Wiggins, Bob Hammack, Eddie Beal (p), Danny Barker, Chuck Norris, Lafayette Thomas, Frank Pasley (g), Syl Turpin, John Simmons, Luther Roundtree, Red Callender, Dave Bryant (b), Jesse Price, Rollie Culver, Chico Hamilton (d), Phil Harris (vcl), Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman (MC)

Reference: FSRCD1110

Bar code: 8427328611107

Scat Man Crothers was amulti-talented entertainer of the old school. In addition to acting, he sang, danced, did comedy and played a number of musical instruments, including drums, ukulele and guitar.

Born Benjamin Sherman Crothers on May 23, 1910, at fifteen he got a job playing drums in a local speakeasy. Four years later he was touring the Midwest and wound up in Dayton, Ohio, where he found a job on radio station WFMK, where his style of singing earned him the name Scat Man.

His career gained momentum in 1943 with a booking at Chicago’s Capitol Lounge, and from there, he was off to Hollywood and Billy Berg’s famous Swing Club. Things slowed down after the war, until he recorded “Dead Man’s Blues” for Capitol in 1948, the same year he became the first black performer to host a TV Program in Los Angeles.

Playing as a single at the Oasis club, his big break came in 1952 when producer Albert J. Cohen offered him a part in his upcoming movie, Meet Me at the Fair, which started Crother’s extensive film career, including such classics as The Shining and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. But TV was where Crothers really found fame, beginning with Disney’s The Aristocats.

Until his death in 1986, he participated on countless shows, a work which earned him a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Including accurate liner notes by singer and music historian Billy Vera in a well-documented 20-page boolet. Scat Man Crothers' early recorded works are presented here for the first time, in his unique and personal Swing, Blues and R&B-tinged style. Enjoy his important but largely forgotten contribution to music history!

Tracklist

CD 1
01. Fine (Benjamin Crothers) 2:20
02. Shoo Shoo Baby (Phil Moore) 2:43
03. One O'Clock Jump (Count Basie) 1:14
04. Riff’s Blues (Riff Charles) 2:55
05. The Thing (Riff Charles) 3:06
06. Mabel the Lush (Riff Charles) 2:39
07. Dead Man's Blues (Riff Charles) 3:09
08. Have You Got the Gumption (To Make the Assumption) (Austin-Smith) 2:55
09. Just Lookin' (Austin-Smith) 3:06
10. Blue-Eyed Sally (Bernard-Robinson) 2:28
11. I'm the Only Man (The Buscuit Song) (Billy Charles) 2:47
12. Do Something (Green-Stept) 2:48
13. I'd Rather Be a Hummingbird (Riff Charles) 3:14
14. Chattanoogie Shoe-Shine Boy (Stone-Stapp) 3:15
15. Wondering (Carruthers) 2:43
16. Exactly Like You (Fields-McHugh) 2:12
17. It's You (Carruthers) 2:40
18. Keep It Hot (Benjamin Crothers) 3:03
19. Unemployment Blues (Virgil Phemister) 3:15
20. Shuffleboard Blues (Reed-Phemister) 3:04
21. I'd Rather Be a Rooster (With a Flock of Chicks) (Gomez-Vance) 2:54
22. Television Blues (Jones-Vilia) 2:54
23. Beale Street on a Saturday Night (Crothers-Moffet) 2:48
24. King Berman's Stomp (Joe Greene) 2:41
25. A-Gruntin' and A-Groanin' (TheWrestler’s Song) (Joe Greene) 2:16
26. Free Samples (Joe Greene) 2:18
27. Just Like Two Drops ofWater (Joe Greene) 2:23

CD 2
01. Elaine (Benjamin Crothers) 2:24
02. Man, Have I Got Troubles (Wynonie Harris) 2:47
03. It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (Mayhew-Smith) 3:20
04. Hot Rod Harry (The Coolest Cat In Town) (Darensbourg-Medley) 2:27
05. Hot Rod Cowboy (Darensbourg-Medley) 2:57
06. Saturday Night Drag Race, Part 1 (Darensbourg-Medley) 2:43
07. Saturday Night Drag Race, Part 2 (Darensbourg-Medley) 2:44
08. Papa (I Don't Treat That Little Girl Mean) (Jacques) 2:36
9. I Like Your Mother Better (Cameron-Dolphin) 2:46
10. Easy Money (Benjamin Crothers) [Mastertake] 2:45
11. Easy Money (Benjamin Crothers) [Alternate take] 2:19
12. Waiting for My Baby (Benjamin Crothers) 2:43
13. Beale Street on Saturday Night (Benjamin Crothers) 2:57
14. Walkin' My Baby Back Home (Turk-Ahlert-Richman) 2:55
15. Honeysuckle Rose (Waller-Razaf) 2:31
16. On The Sunny Side of the Street (McHugh-Fields) 3:08
17. A Smile Will Go a Long Way (Davis-Akst) 2:16
18. Keep That Coffee Hot (Adams-Corelli) 2:48
19. Dearest One (Benjamin Crothers) 2:08
20. Pork 'N' Beans (Charles Embree) 2:36
21. When OhWhen (Benjamin Crothers) 2:40
22. Do You Love Me? (Stan Freberg) 2:41
23. Sweet Lips (Jazz Lips) (Robin-Armstrong) 2:19
24. Waitin' for My Baby (Savoy Blues) (Ory-Robin) 2:54
25. The Death of Emmett Till, Part 1 (A.C. Bilbrew) 2:24
26. The Death of Emmett Till, Part 2 (A.C. Bilbrew) 2:23

Album details

Sources CD 1:
Tracks #1-3, from Jubilee No. 70
Tracks #4 & 6, from Capitol 15220
Tracks #5 & 7, from Capitol 15076
Tracks #8 & 12, from Capitol 15431
Tracks #9 & 11, from Capitol 57-70062
Tracks #10 & 13, from Capitol 15383
Track #14, from RCA Victor 47-3216
Tracks #15 & 17, from Modern 20-560
Tracks #16 & 18, unissued
Track #19, from Orchid 2-A
Track #20, from Orchid 1-A
Tracks #21 & 22, from London 17008
Track #23, from Aladdin 3079
Tracks #24 & 27, from Intro 6017
Tracks #25 & 26, from Intro 6016

Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1 & 2, from Recorded in Hollywood 152
Track #3, from Cava-Tone 252
Track #4, from Colossal 101
Track #5, from Colossal 102
Tracks #6 & 7, from Hot Rod 45 x-1002
Track #8, from Recorded in Hollywood 142
Track #9, from Recorded in Hollywood 168
Tracks #10 & 12, from Recorded in Hollywood 401
Tracks #11 & 13, unissued
Tracks #14 & 15, from Decca 28895
Tracks #16 & 17, from Decca 29097
Tracks #18 & 19, from Century 710
Tracks #20 & 21, from Century 712
Track #22, from Decca 29820
Tracks #23 & 24, from MGM 12199
Tracks #25 & 26, from Dootone 382

Personnel on CD 1 [1944-1951]:

Tracks #1-3: SCAT MAN CROTHERS and His Orchestra
Scat Man Crothers (vocals, drums) with prob. Leroy Nabors (trumpet); Jimmy Harris (alto sax); Lee Barnes (piano); Syl Turpin (bass); ensemble (vocals); Ernie
“Bubbles” Whitman (MC).
Recorded at NBC Studios, Hollywood, March 1944

Tracks #4-7: SCAT MAN CROTHERS with RIFF CHARLES and Friends, featuring VIC DICKENSON’S Trombone
Scat Man Crothers (vocals); Vic Dickenson (trombone); Riff Charles (piano); unknow g, b, d.
Recorded in Los Angeles, February 18, 1948

Tracks #8 & 9: SCAT MAN CROTHERS
Scat Man Crothers (vocals); Lucky Thompson (tenor sax); unknow tp, tb, p, g, b, d.
Recorded in Los Angeles, August 25, 1948

Tracks #10-13: SCAT MAN CROTHERS
ScatMan Crothers (vocals); Gerald Wiggins (piano); Danny Barker (guitar); John Simmons (bass); Jesse Price (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, January 10, 1949

Track #14: PHIL HARRIS and His Orchestra
Scat Man Crothers (announcing himself as “Scat Man Ralph”), speech with Phil Harris (vocals); prob. Red Nichols (cornet); King Jackson (trombone); Rosy McHargue (clarinet); Joe Rushton (tenor sax); Bob Hammack (piano); Luther Roundtree (bass); Rollie Culver (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, Spring 1949

Tracks #15-18: SCAT MAN CROTHERS
Scat Man Crothers (vocals); Maxwell Davis (tenor sax); unknow tp, as, p, b, d; ensemble (vocals-1).
Recorded in Los Angeles, June 8, 1949

Tracks #19 & 20: SCAT MAN CROTHERS Cosmo Combo
Scat Man Crothers (vocals) with unknow p, g, b.
Recorded in Los Angeles, November 1949

Tracks #21 & 22: SCAT MAN CROTHERS with Orchestral Accompaniment
Scat Man Crothers (vocals) with unknow tp, as, ts, p, g, b, d.
Recorded in Los Angeles, January 1950

Track #23: CALVIN BOZE with MAXWELL DAVIS Orchestra
Calvin Boze (trumpet, vocals) with prob. Marshall Royal (alto sax); Maxwell Davis (tenor sax); unknow bar, p, g, b, d; Scat Man Crothers (speech); ensemble (vocals).
Recorded in Los Angeles, January 15, 1951

Tracks #24-27: SCAT MAN CROTHERS with RED CALLENDER’s Sextet
Scat Man Crothers (vocals); Maxwell Davis (tenor sax); prob. Marshall Royal (alto sax); Que Martin (tenor, baritone sax); Eddie Beal (piano); Chuck Norris (guitar); Red Callender (bass); Chico Hamilton (drums); ensemble (vocals on #27).
Recorded in Los Angeles, April 16, 1951

Personnel on CD 2 [1951-1956]:

Tracks #1 & 2: SCAT MAN CROTHERS
Scat Man Crothers (vocals) with prob. Red Callender (bass); unknow p, g.
Recorded in Los Angeles, 1951

Track #3: SCAT MAN CROTHERS & The JIMMY WILSON Band
Jimmy Wilson (vocals); Scat Man Crothers (vocals, speech); Lafayette Thomas (guitar); unknow p, b, d.
Recorded in San Francisco, 1951

Tracks #4-7: SCAT MAN CROTHERS with JOE DARENSBOURG and his Flat Out Five
Scat Man Crothers (vocals); Joe Darensbourg (clarinet); Teddy Buckner (trumpet); Gerald Wiggins (piano); Frank Pasley (guitar); Dave Bryant (bass); ensemble (vcl on #6-7).
Recorded in Los Angeles, November 1952

Tracks #8-13: SCAT MAN CROTHERS -Music by RED CALLENDER Sextette
Scat Man Crothers (vocals); Maxwell Davis (tenor sax); prob. Que Martin (clarinet, alto, tenor, baritone saxes); Eddie Beal (piano); Chuck Norris (guitar); Red Callender (bass); Chico Hamilton (drums); overdubbed audience on #10; unknow tp intro #10.
Recorded in Los Angeles, January 29, 1952; and February 19 (#4), 1953

Tracks #14-17: SCAT MAN CROTHERS with MATTY MATLOCK and His All-Stars
Scat Man Crothers (vocals); Matty Matlock (clarinet, alto sax); unknow tp; prob. Eddie Miller (tenor sax); Stan Wrightsman (piano); George Van Eps (guitar); Phil Stevens (bass); Nick Fatool (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, September 8, 1953

Tracks #18-21: SCAT MAN CROTHERS & The Mellow Men with BENNY CARTER’s Orchestra (#18, 20, 21)
SCAT MAN CROTHERS with HENRY RUSSELL’s Orchestra (#19)
ScatMan Crothers & The Mellow Men (vocals); Benny Carter (alto sax, solo on#21); unknown tb, ts, bs, p, g, d.
On #19, prob. same personnel with Strings added.
Recorded in Los Angeles, circa January 1955

Track #22: ALVINO REY, His Talking Steel Guitar and Orchestra with SCAT MAN
Alvino Rey (steel-guitar); unknow p, g, b, d; Scat Man Crothers (vocals); The Revelaires (vocals chorus).
Recorded in Los Angeles, December 13, 1955

Tracks #23 & 24: SCAT MAN CROTHERS with MATTY MATLOCK and His Orchestra
Scat Man Crothers (vocals); Matty Matlock (clarinet); Dick Cathcart (trumpet); Abe Lincoln (trombone); Eddie Miller (tenor sax); Stan Wrightsman (piano); Phil Stevens (bass); Nick Fatool (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, 1956

Tracks #25 & 26: THE RAMPARTS
Scat Man Crothers (vocals, guitar); unknow el-b.
Recorded in Los Angeles, 1956

Liner notes: Billy Vera
Photos © Fresh Sound archives
Project compilation, coordination & production: Daniel Gugolz
Executive Producer: Jordi Pujol

Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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Many thanks for their help: DieterMoll, Victor Pearlin, Dan Kochakian, Billy Vera, Galen Gart and Klaus Kettner
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14,95 €  (tax incl.)

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