Scatman John

Scatman John

Name Scatman John
Profession Pop Singer
Date of Birth 1942-03-13
Place of Birth El Monte, CA
Age 57 yrs
Death Date 1999-12-03
Birth Sign Pisces

About Scatman John

Stuttering singer who turned his disability into an asset, creating the international hits “Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)” and “Scatman’s World.”

Early Life of Scatman John

A stutterer from his youth, he began playing piano so he would not have to talk or sing and then learned scat singing.


On the advice of his manager, he combined scat singing with dance music, producing his Scatman John persona, who directly addressed the stuttering problem in his works.

Family Life

He was born in El Monte, California. He and his wife, Judy, worked together to beat their substance abuse problems.

Associated With

His jazz music was inspired by the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers

Name Scatman Crothers
Profession Jazz Singer
Date of Birth 1970-01-01
Place of Birth Terre Haute, IN
Age 76 yrs
Death Date 1986-11-22
Birth Sign Gemini

About Scatman Crothers

Drummer, scat singer, and actor who appeared in the 1980 horror film The Shining and did voice-overs for animated shows like Transformers and The Harlem Globetrotters.

Early Life Experience of Scatman Crothers

He came up with his nickname on the fly when auditioning at a Dayton radio station. His first band was a local Terre Haute speakeasy band.

Trivia Info

He was Scat Cat in the animated Disney movie The Aristocats.

Family Life and Relationship

He married Helen Crothers in 1937 and they had one child together.

Close Associates

He was good friends with and often co-starred with Jack Nicholson, including in The Shining.