Slim Gaillard

Bulee “Slim”, a Cuban-American jazz singer and songwriter, pianist and guitarist who lived from January 4, 1911 or 1916 to February 26, 1991, was best known for his scat sings and word play. Although records claim that Gaillard was born in Santa Clara (Cuban) to a Greek father, and Afro-Cuban mom, his birth certificate states that he was actually born in Pensacola (Florida) to a German immigrant named Theopolous Rothschild, and a black-American woman named Liza Gaillard. He was born in Detroit, and moved to New York City during the 1930s. Gaillard rose to prominence as Slim’s first member in the 1930s.

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