Friday, May 23, 2014

You Know the Voice: Scatman Crothers (1975)

This also appears on my other blog, The Land of Whatever.

Scatman Crothers (Hong Kong Phooey) guest starred on Sanford & Son in January 1975, in the season 4 episode, "The Stand-In's", playing an old friend of Fred's (Redd Foxx), and we find that they had a nightclub act back in Fred's days in St. Louis.

Early on, we get a duet of "All of Me", and later, Fred & Bow Legs (Crothers) revive their old act, along with a reluctant Lamont (Demond Wilson) on stage. Small wonder that 8 months later, Crothers would land a featured role on Chico & the Man that would further raise his profile for a new generation who hadn't heard his jazz recordings in the 50's.

Here's "The Stand-In's":



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