Pet tales with a happy ending!


Pet tales with a happy endingTM

Courtesy of YouTube channel Scatman John Official YouTube Channel

Courtesy of YouTube channel The Pet Collective.

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Who was Scatman John?

Paul Larkin (13 March 1942 – 3 December 1999), better known by his stage name Scatman John, was an American musician who created a fusion of scat singing and dance music. He is best known for his 1995 hits "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)" and "Scatman's World." A stutterer, Larkin stated that scatting was "turning my biggest problem into my biggest asset." Scatman John sold millions of recordings worldwide and was named "Best New Artist" in the Echo Awards in both Japan and Germany.

The second video, from the YouTube channel "Scatman John Official YouTube Channel," features the late Scatman John singing a 1991 tune. (More information about John Larkin and the specialized style of scat singing below.)

The first video is a from the YouTube channel "The Pet Collective," a song about a wild & crazy "Cat Man." It's a brilliant parody of the second video featuring Scat Man John, a legendary singer. (Scroll down below the video to play the Scatman John video and read about him and his style of  singing.)

Click the arrow/play button on each video to watch.

What's "scat singing?"

(Hint: It's not singing about pet poop!)

From Wikipedia: "In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all. Scat singing is a difficult technique that requires singers with the ability to sing improvised melodies and rhythms using the voice as an instrument rather than a speaking medium."

"I'm a Scat Man"

parody n. par·o·dy (păr′ə-dē) A musical, literary or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author etc., in a humorous or satirical way.

"I'm the Cat Man"