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Scat Singing

03 Nov

 

Ella Fitzgerald was the most well known of the scat singers who made up their own words for portions of their songs.

Scat singing has not always been well received as Downbeat editor Leonard Feather said once that scat singing should be banned.

Still it took a special skill to improvise with the lyrics to make a song sound different from the versions usually heard.

Caterina Valente and Ella Fitzgerald scat sing while Perry Como sings Avalon.

Ella Fitzgerald scat sings very fast in this video.

Many jazz singers refused to scat sing since they weren’t comfortable with the dizzying pace of the songs which made it easy to make a mistake.

 

 

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Posted by on November 3, 2009 in Music

 

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2 responses to “Scat Singing

  1. Frances Faulk

    November 5, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Scat singing is easily accomplished at our church. Words deleted in the middle of a song, or they might be ADDED in the middle of a song. However ours want dazzle you, but they sure will dizzy you. We call it give and take away, since we sometimes take out a complete sentence or add words that dpn’t always fit the music. We are right up there with Ella. Thats called talent

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      November 6, 2009 at 5:48 AM

      Not many churches can say they have a congregation of Ellas. Those scat singing lessons Ella gave really paid off.

       

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