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This compilation of a decade's worth of live and radio transcription tracks comes from the collection of Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, who participates as a host for most of these sides. Along with Slim Gaillard is Slam Stewart, and other guest appearances include Frank Sinatra (no mistake), Bam Brown, and Leo Watson. The numerous versions of tunes cut live on the radio or in performance make this a collector's-only set, but those interested in the "McVouty" one will find the sound quality to be more than tolerable or presentable. As a label, Hep does it again.


Born: 01 January 1916 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '70s, '80s

One of the most eccentric vocalists ever to hit the jazz scene, Slim Gaillard became a legendary cult figure thanks to his own privately invented jive dialect "vout," a variation on hipster slang composed of imaginary nonsense words ("oreenie" and "oroonie" being two other examples). Gaillard's comic performances, laid-back cool, and supremely silly songs made him a popular entertainer from the late '30s to the early '50s, especially on the West Coast, and several of his compositions became genuine...
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Ice Cream On Toast 1937-1947, Slim Gaillard
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