Crothers started his musical career as a 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. Among the people for whom he performed was the notorious gangster, Al Capone. Crothers formed his own band in the s and traveled to Oakland, California , with the band in He left Oakland to stay in Los Angeles in
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African- American entertainer Scatman Crothers supported himself as a drummer throughout his high-school years. He formed a popular dance band, playing successful engagements even in the whitest of white communities, regaling audiences with his free-form "scat singing. He made his movie debut in the minstrel-show pastiche Yes Sir, Mr. Bones The best of his s film appearances was as Dan Dailey's medicine-show partner in Meet Me at the Fair For the next three decades, Crother's movie roles varied in size; he was seen to best advantage as the concerned handyman in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining Dick Hallorann says: Some places are like people: some shine and some don't. Dick Hallorann says: Mrs. Torrance, your husband inroduced you as Winifred.
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Scatman Crothers, best known to television viewers as Louie the garbage collector on ''Chico and the Man,'' died of cancer today. He was 76 years old. The lanky actor with a toothy smile was a year veteran of show business whose recent film roles ranged from a telepath in ''The Shining'' to a magical senior citizen in ''Twilight Zone: The Movie. His publicist, Jerry Zelenka, said Mr. Crothers learned last year that he had an inoperable cancerous tumor behind the left lung and the cancer recently spread to his esophagus. He said Mr. Crothers had been bedridden for weeks at his home in the Van Nuys area and had slipped in and out of mild coma in the past few days.