A song recording with Scatman Crothers

Throwback Thursday! A song recording with Scatman Crothers (circa 1976).

Throwback Thursday! A song recording with Scatman Crothers (circa 1976).

A song recording with Scatman Crothers (circa 1976). Don wrote all the songs (lyrics & melodies) for the Banjo the Woodpile Cat production. This song was for Scatman (a ne’r-do-well alleycat named Crazylegs) and Sparky Marcus (a kitten named Banjo) entitled “I’ll Stick with You Kid”. Don is giving Scatman the background situation the little boy (kitten) was in – a runaway kitten, scared, wet, hungry and wanting to go home to his family, and the solution is in a song to cheer Banjo up and let him know that he has a friend and he will help Banjo get back home.

At the right is Bob Brunner, the orchestrator and conductor of the score (a Disney orchestrator/conductor) at the right, who took Don’s melodies and orchestrated them for a 27 piece orchestra and conducted the underscore for the short 27:02 minute film. The orchestra needed 3 three-hour sessions plus a little overtime that same evening to complete the score.) Don took out a second mortgage on his Culver City home in order to pay for the $13,000 orchestra sessions.

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2 Responses

  1. Christina Fowinkle says:

    Related Trivia: Scatman Crothers also recorded his voice for Scatcat, another animated alley cat, in Disney’s The Aristocats (1970)

  2. Mack Daddy says:

    “..Banjo the cat, he would not behave . . . He seldom did what he should . . “

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