Bulee "Slim" Gaillard (January 9, 1911 – February 26, 1991), also known as McVouty, was an American jazz singer and songwriter who played piano, guitar, vibraphone, and tenor saxophone.
Gaillard was noted for his comedic vocalese singing and word play in his own constructed language called "Vout-o-Reenee", for which he wrote a dictionary. In addition to English, he spoke five languages (Spanish, German, Greek, Arabic, and Armenian) with varying degrees of fluency.
He rose to prominence in the late 1930s with hits such as "Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)" and "Cement Mixer (Put-Ti-Put-Ti)" after forming Slim and Slam with Leroy Eliot "Slam" Stewart. During World War II, Gaillard served as a bomber pilot in the Pacific. In 1944, he resumed his music career and performed with notable jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dodo Marmarosa.
In the 1960s and 1970s, he acted in films—sometimes as himself—and also appeared in bit parts in television series such as Roots: The Next Generations.
In the 1980s, Gaillard resumed touring the circuit of European jazz festivals. He followed Dizzy Gillespie's advice to move to Europe and, in 1983, settled in London, where he died on 26 February 1991, after a long career in music, film and television, spanning nearly six decades.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 4th, 1916 (Detroit), Died London
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-023419||10-in.||5/23/1938||The flat foot floogee||Wingy Manone Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-023518||10-in.||5/31/1938||The flat foot floogee||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-026646||10-in.||8/25/1938||Tutti frutti||Bon Bon ; Harry Roberts ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-033903||10-in.||2/24/1939||Jump session||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-035081||10-in.||3/23/1939||Jump session||Don Redman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-038204||10-in.||6/28/1939||Vas vilst du gaily star||Mildred Craig ; Emery Deutsch Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-042613||10-in.||8/28/1939||Vol vistu gaily star||Clambake Seven||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-042945||10-in.||10/12/1939||Vol vistu gaily star||Smoothies||Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-066788||10-in.||10/14/1941||Laughin' in rhythm||Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance band, with laughing and vocal chorus||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaillard, Slim," accessed October 30, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106973.
Gaillard, Slim. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 30, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106973.
"Gaillard, Slim." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 30 October 2020.
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