African- American entertainer Scatman Crothers supported himself as a drummer throughout his high-school years. He formed a popular dance band, playing successful engagements even in the whitest of white communities, regaling audiences with his free-form "scat singing. He made his movie debut in the minstrel-show pastiche Yes Sir, Mr.
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On November 22, , Scatman Crothers met an untimely death, at the age of Crothers started his musical career as a year-old drummer in a speakeasy band in his home town of Terre Haute. He played a variety of instruments, including drums and guitar, on jazz club band circuits in his early days as an entertainer. Among the people for whom he performed was the notorious gangster, Al Capone. Crothers formed his own band in the s and traveled to Oakland, California, with the band in He left Oakland to stay in Los Angeles in Crothers made his official debut in the movie Meet Me at the Fair He worked in both movies and television, often taking bit parts. He also made musical shorts and played drums with Slim Gaillard in the mids. Crothers then landed a major supporting role in the animated film The Aristocats from Walt Disney Productions, providing the voice of "Scat Cat".
Crothers was born in Terre Haute , Indiana. He began his musical career as a teenager. He sang and was self-educated on guitar and drums. He was in a band that played in speakeasies in Terre Haute. During the s, he formed a band, spent eight years living in Akron , Ohio , and performed five days week on a radio show in Dayton, Ohio. The station manager thought he needed a catchier name, so Crothers suggested "Scatman" for his scat singing. He married Helen, a native of Steubenville, Ohio , in