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Slim Gaillard
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    (January 4, 1916-February 26, 1991)
    Born in Santa Clara, Cuba
    Birth name was Bulee Gaillard
    Of Afro-Cuban and Greek heritage
    Jazz singer/guitarist/pianist
    With bassist Slam Stewart formed the duo Slim and Slam
    Recorded 'Flat Floot Floogie (With a Floy Floy),' 'Cement Mixer (Puti Puti)' and 'The Groove Juice Special (Opera in Voot)'
    Appeared in the films 'Hellzapoppin' (1941) and 'Absolute Beginners' (1986) and the miniseries 'Roots: The Next Generation' (1979)
    Father-in-law of Marvin Gaye and grandfather of Nona Gaye
    He constantly changed the details of his biography, so his birthday is also listed as January 1, and his birthplace as Pensacola, Florida, or Detroit, Michigan.
    He started in vaudeville with an act where he played guitar while tap dancing.
    He spoke and sang in hipster slang loaded with nonsense words like 'vout' and 'oreenie.'
    'Flat Foot Floogie with a Floy Floy' was about a prostitute with gonorrhea.
    His father was a steward on a cruise liner and accidentally left him behind in Crete when he was twelve.
    He served with the Air Force in World War II.
    He was mentioned in Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road.'
    He got Americans unwittingly singing along to a song about a whore with the clap.

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