Slim Gaillard

Born: 
01/04/1916
City: 
Santa Clara
Country: 
Cuba
Died: 
02/26/1991
Years Active: 
1930's-1991
Instruments: 
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Associated Artists: 

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Bulee "Slim" Gaillard was an American jazz singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language he called "Vout". In addition to speaking 8 other languages, Gaillard wrote a dictionary for his own constructed language. According to the obituaries in leading newspapers, Gaillard's childhood in Cuba was spent cutting sugar-cane and picking bananas, as well as occasionally going to sea with his father. However, at the age of 12, he accompanied his father on a world voyage and was accidentally left behind on the island of Crete. After working on the island for a while, he made his home in Detroit.