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Bulee "Slim" Gaillard (January 4, 1911 or 1916February 26, 1991) was a African-American jazz singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, noted for his scat singing and word play. January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... February 26 is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Scat singing is vocalizing either wordlessly or with nonsense words and syllables (e. ... Word play is a literary technique in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. ...


Despite record company publicity accounts that Gaillard was born in Santa Clara, Cuba of a Greek father and an Afro-Cuban mother, he was born in Pensacola, Florida to a German immigrant named Theopolous Rothschild and an African-American woman named Liza Gaillard. He grew up in Detroit and moved to New York City in the 1930s. Santa Clara is the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. ...


Gaillard first rose to prominence in the late 1930s as part of Slim & Slam, a jazz novelty act he formed with bassist Slam Stewart. Their hits included "Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)", "Cement Mixer (Puti Puti)" and the hipster anthem, "The Groove Juice Special (Opera in Vout)". The duo performs in the 1941 movie Hellzapoppin'. Slim Gaillard (behind) and Slam Stewart Slim & Slam was a 1930s musical partnership formed by Bulee Slim Gaillard (vocals, guitar and piano) and Leroy Elliott Slam Stewart (bass). ... Slam Stewart Leroy Elliott Slam Stewart (September 21, 1914-December 10, 1987) was an African-American jazz bassist whose trademark style was his ability to bow the bass and simultaneously hum an octave apart. ... A hipster is a person who is strongly associated with a subculture that considers itself hip. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Hellzapoppin was a musical revue which was a Broadway hit, running from 22 September 1938 to 17 December 1941, and was at the time the longest-running Broadway musical with 1,404 performances—one of only three plays to run more than 500 performances in the 1930s. ...


Gaillard's appeal was similar to Cab Calloway and Louis Jordan in that he presented a hip style with broad appeal (for example in his children's song "Down by the Station"). Unlike them, he was a master improviser whose stream of consciousness vocals ranged far afield from the original lyrics along with wild interpolations of nonsense syllables like MacVoutie O-reeney. One such performance is celebrated in the 1957 novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Cab Calloway, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Cab Calloway (December 25, 1907–November 18, 1994) was a famous American jazz singer and bandleader. ... Louis Jordan swinging on sax, Paramount Theatre, NYC, 1946 (Photo: William P. Gottlieb) Louis Jordan (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975) was a pioneering African-American blues, jazz and rhythm & blues musician and songwriter who enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. ... In psychology and philosophy stream of consciousness, introduced by William James, is the set of constantly changing inner thoughts and sensations which an individual has while conscious, used as a synonym for stream of thought. ... :This article is about the novel On the Road. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Gaillard later teamed with bassist Bam Brown; Slim and Bam can be seen in a 1948 motion picture featurette -- with the Gaillardese title O'Voutie O'Rooney -- filmed live at one of their nightclub performances. 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


In the late forties and early fifties, Gaillard frequently opened at Birdland for such greats as Charlie Parker, Flip Phillips, and Coleman Hawkins. His 1945 session with Parker and Dizzy Gillespie is notable, both musically and for its relaxed convivial air. Gaillard could play several instruments, and always managed to turn the performance from hip jazz to comedy: he would play the guitar with his left hand fretting from the top of the neck, or would play credible piano solos with his palms facing up. In jazz, Birdland may refer to: A famous jazz club in New York City, originally located on 52nd Street, now at at 315 W. 44th St. ... Charles Bird Parker, Jr. ... 71. ... Coleman Hawkins Coleman Randolph Hawkins, nicknamed Hawk and sometimes Bean, (November 21, 1901 or 1904 - May 19, 1969) was a prominent jazz tenor saxophone musician. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... John Birks Dizzy Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. ...


Gaillard appeared in the 1970s TV series Roots: The Next Generations and reprised some of his old hits on the NBC primetime variety program, The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show. By the early 1980s he was touring the European jazz festival circuit, playing with such musicians as Arnett Cobb. He also played with George Melly and John Chilton's Feetwarmers, appearing on their BBC television series. NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Arnett Cobb (10 August 1918–24 March 1989) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... George Melly (born: 17 August 1926 in Liverpool, England) is a British jazz and blues singer. ... John James Chilton (born: 16 July 1932 in London, England) is a British jazz trumpeter and writer. ...


He later appeared in the musical film Absolute Beginners (1986) singing "Selling Out". The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ...


In 1992, the Belgian group De Nieuwe Snaar released an amusing ode (in Dutch) to this musician, on their CD William. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


His daughter Janis Hunter was partner (1973-1977) and wife (1977-1981) of Marvin Gaye; and the mother of actress and singer Nona Gaye (b. 1974) and son Frankie Christian Gaye (b. 1975). Janis Gaye (born Janis Elizabeth Hunter on January 5, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a singer and actress. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Nona Marvisa Gaye (born September 4, 1974 in Washington, D.C.) is an American singer, former fashion model, and screen actress. ...


Quotation

"Bring me a double order of areetee footees with a little hot sauce on it, that oughta about fix it."

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Slim Gaillard - Music Downloads - Online (0 words)
Slim was born Bulee Gaillard, most likely on January 4, 1916 in Detroit, MI; some sources list his birth date as January 1, and Gaillard sometimes claimed to have been born in Santa Clara, Cuba, instead of Detroit.
Gaillard was mostly raised in Detroit, though, where he tried his hand at professional boxing, worked as a mortician, and ran bootleg rum for the Purple Gang during the '30s.
Gaillard and Stewart kept cutting songs in a similar vein, including "Tutti Frutti" and "Laughin' in Rhythm," and eventually took their act to Hollywood, where they appeared in the 1941 film Hellzapoppin.
Slim Gaillard at All About Jazz (0 words)
Slim Gaillard was a jazz Renaissance man who doubled as its court jester.
Slim and Slam's first hit was a nonsense ditty entitled “Flat Foot Floogie.” It shot to the top of the Hit Parade where it stayed for eight weeks.
Slim and Slam, considered by many the high point of Gaillard's career, lasted until 1941 when he was drafted into the army.
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