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Scatman Crothers
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Birth Date:May 23, 1910
Astrology Sign:Gemini
Chinese Sign:Dog - Yin
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Died Date:November 22, 1986


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Scatman Crothers

Biography:Scatman Crothers (born Benjamin Sherman Crothers, May 23, 1910 - November 22, 1986) was an American actor, singer, dancer and musician. Crothers was born in Terre Haute, Indiana and was best known for his work as a musician/singer and on the TV show Chico and the Man as Louie the Garbage Man (singing: "Stick out your can, 'cause here comes the garbage man!") He was also a guest on Sanford and Son, and, as "Bowlegs", memorably joined Redd Foxx for a duet. Crothers got the name Scatman when he auditioned for a radio show in 1932 in Dayton, Ohio. The director didn't think his given name was catchy enough, so Crothers told the director to call him "Scat Man" because of his talent at scat singing. He continued to enjoy this talent throughout his career, even teaching scat singing to college students. Later, the nickname was condensed to "Scatman" by Arthur Godfrey. (Crothers should not be confused with Scatman John, who had the hit "Scatman" in 1995.)

Crothers started his musical career as a 15 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. He formed his own band in the 1930s and finally traveled to California with the band in 1948.

He did an uncredited turn as a dancer in the Jealousy segment of the Duke Ellington short, Symphony in Black (1935), dancing with a woman in his apartment before taking her out. He encounters his jilted lover, played by the also uncredited 20-year-old Billie Holliday. They briefly have words, he pushes her down and exits with his new girlfriend before her song.

He decided to try acting and made his debut in the movie Meet Me At The Fair (1953). He worked in both the movies and television, often taking bit parts. He also made musical shorts.

Achievements: (Filmography)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1976)
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
The Aristocats (1971)

Chinese Horoscope for Scatman Crothers
Includes characteristics and Vices
Scatman Crothers's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 10, 1910 - January 29, 1911
Birthday: May 23, 1910

The Dog is a Yin,
and is the Eleventh sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

Scatman Crothers's Personality Tarot Card The Hanged Man - Personality Card

Birthday: May 23, 1910

A sacrifice must be made in order to gain something of great value.

Scatman Crothers's Character Tarot Card The Empress - Character Card

Birthday: May 23, 1910

Abundance, fruitfulness and fertility; perhaps marriage or children.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Scatman Crothers's Growth Tarot Card The Hierophant

Birthday: May 23, 2020

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.




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