Groovin’ with… Scatman, an album by the late Benjamin Sherman “Scatman” Crothers (1910-1986), will be released June 18. The album was produced and co-written by PEI-based composer, lyricist, record producer and writer, Andrew A. Melzer.
Crothers was a star of the stage, film and television. From performing on Chicago’s speak-easy circuit and hosting his own radio show, to touring with his trio, Scat Man and His Cats, and being one of the first African Americans to land a recurring role on a network TV show (Paramount’s Dixie Showboat), to acting in 45 motion pictures, including The Shining, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Aristocrats, to name a few.
In 1975, after thirty years of recording for labels like RCA and Motown Records, Scatman Crothers met record producer Andrew A. Melzer. Together, they recorded a collection of songs, and they are finally being released 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 pop standards, comedic dance numbers, and a pair of tributes to characters he played.