Remembering Scatman John Larkin
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Obituary: John Larkin by Pierre Perrone Wednesday 22 December 1999, from the INDEPENDENT
John "Scatman" Larkin passed away December 3, 1999, at
his home in California. John, a person who stuttered, was known for his "scatsinging" and wrote that is was an example of how his "greatest problem has become my greatest asset." Professionally he was best known for his successful recordings in Europe on the BMG/RCA label. His first single, "Scatman" was recorded September 1994 and released in Germany December 1994. John wrote that two of the four verses of this song dealt directly with his stuttering (see http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/Creativeexpression/larkin.html). John received "Best New International Artist of the Year" in Japan and the German "ECHO" award for foreign artists. He also received awards from Italy, France, Poland, Hong Kong and elsewhere. Some of his work is still available through http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/Bookstore/Bookstore.html
Scatman John Facebook Page the official fan page run by Scatman's wife, Judy.
Contains many never-before published pictures!!
His love for and work with the international community of
people who stutter is a major part of John's legacy.
John is survived by his wife, Judy, who attended the National
Stuttering Association convention with John in Buffalo, NY. Judy was Eddie Cantor's grand-daughter. Judy has sent three large pictures of Scatman that fans are invited to download.
People have asked me where Scatman John is buried. John's wife, Judy, informed me (personal correspondence, January 9, 2008) that it was his wish to not be buried, but instead to be cremated with burial at sea. This took place on a yacht off the coast of Malibu, California two years after his death with his many friends and a jazz trio.
Those who are interested in learning more about Scatman John,
seeing pictures and even hearing audio and seeing a video of some of his work are directed to:
- Songs About Stuttering, an article for the ISAD online conference 2004, featuring three different artists, including Scatman John,
introduced by Judy Kuster
- Scatman John from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- Watch I'm the Scatmanand Scatman's World - video streamed.
- Open Google videos and type in: Scatman John to find videos of many of Scatman's songs.
- On December 22, 2009, Jason McGuiness wrote, "I came across a sealed copy of John Larkin's Transition LP (or self-titled, on the Transition label). I picked up in a record lot, and just kept it b/c it had a song tribute to Coltrane & had Joe Farrell playing the sax on it. I started doing a little research & found this dedication page. I found his wiki page where I read that this LP is extremely hard to find, so it's an honor to have a copy in this condition, and to even be the 1st person to open it & give it a spin."
- Scatman John Wiki by Jonathan Dolan
- John Larkin's Keynote Speech NSA Convention (video)
- The Song is You - song by Scatman John and Trio (video)
- Listen to the Scatman - "Released in loving memory of my husband." -Judy Larkin
- Let's get the Scatman back on the charts - a Facebook page created by Gareth Williams.
Chatting with John - Judy Kuster 12/6/99
My favorite memory of John was from February 1, 1998, when he had agreed to "chat" with teens for an hour in the
Stuttering Home Page chatroom. He had successfully practiced getting into the chatroom, but for some reason that
evening was unable to. Shortly before the scheduled time, John emailed me, giving me his home phone number and I
relayed questions to him, typing his answers as quickly as I could. He spent an hour with us that night, encouraging
the teens attending and expressing his sincere love for all of them. Before we said good-bye he also provided me some
of his scatsing over the phone.
From the Belgium Selfhelp Organization vzw BeSt - Gert Reunes 12/6/99
When I received the e-mail with the news Scatman isn't here anymore on earth, I went to my room and I played his music
very loud. I was thinking what he was saying in his lyrics -- they are so strong that I felt real cold. Although I never met
him, he was for me an example. On 7 december 99 the Belgium commercial TV station (1 million viewers) heard about
Scatman on the news. They also showed some clips of him on TV. They mentioned also that he was an example for us
We will always remember him!
He was not only a good scatter but most of all he was an example for may stutterers all over the world!
Sorry for my English, I cannot express the way I want to express it, but I hope he will be in many heart like mine.
True creative artistry is immortal Paul the Poundin' Piano Player 12/6/99
Scatman was a musical giant, and one who achieved immortality through his true creative artistry. It is a rare talent to bring
to life an expression that truly transcends one's limitations of time and place. Scatman achieved this, and while he may not
be physically with us, his legacy for the ages will endure. He also possessed the gifts of humanity and caring, which
endowed him with a greatness of person, and a unique stature in which the very best of art and life united in a beautiful
vision all his own.
He's the Scatman... Elson Trinidad 12/7/99
I'm not a stutterer, but hey, I've been known to stammer on occasion...like John once said, "Everybody stutters one way
or the other..." ain't that the truth!
I must say he himself made me aware about people who stutter, that it's not a serious mental condition or anything. I
remember when we talked on the phone, at times he'd apologize for his stuttering, but it didn't bother me at all...I seemed
to see right through that...all I thought was, "Hey, I'm talkin to the Scatman!"
John was a rare celebrity, one who didn't have to hide behind pretense or superficiality. Sure he had a lot of money, but he
lived rather modestly for a pop star and it was quite clear that the material things in life didn't really matter that much to
him. Everything about him was real and down-to-earth. I don't think there's anyone who can say anything bad about him.
and John never said anything bad about anybody. He sung about a "Scatman's World," which some may scoff and think
of as childish or idyllic, but John gave us a vision, a vision of what could be if we opened our hearts and minds. John may
not be around anymore, but there will always be a "Scatman's World." Or at least we should all be working towards one.
John Larkin never stuttered. Because every word he said was worth repeating.
It's funny how life goes. One minute you're riding the train in France, listening to the radio and suddenly you hear,
"SCA-BA-BIBBLY-O-BOP....I'M THE SCATMAN!" The next minute you're mourning the loss of a friend.
Goodbye, Scatman. Have fun up there scatting with Satchmo. Everybody jam.
Elson Trinidad http://www.westworld.com/~elson/scatman
Remembering a friend Gina Waggott 12/9/99
I first got in contact with John in 1997 at a particularly difficult time in my life, especially with regard to stuttering. I hated
it... often denied I stuttered and did everything I could to hide it. Until one day I heard those immortal words...
"Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop!" and I've never stopped listening to them since. When I became friends with John I told him
things I'd never told anyone else before.... all my fear, anger, and isolation came pouring out, and John did something I
never thought a "popstar" would do - he listened. And he listened well. That was three years ago. Nowadays I have
overcome stuttering on several levels - the first one being self-acceptance... a gift John gave to me, which I'm going to
treasure for the rest of my life. I never met a more beautiful man than John Larkin. He was, and still is.... my hero and
friend. He touched more lives than he will ever know.
I love and miss him.
A truly unique guy John C. Harrison 12/14/99
I didn't know John well. But I was totally overwhelmed by his artistry, modesty, and accessibility as a person when he
performed his Saturday morning concert at the NSP convention in San Diego.
Then I had a chance to spend more personal time with him at the Buffalo convention when we all went to Niagra Falls for
an evening of fun at the casino. What struck me about John was that, though I hadn't known him for long, I felt like I'd
known him my entire life.
I'll really miss him.
Memorial Celebration Annie Bradberry 12/14/99
The week that John died is such a blur that I am not sure what I told you and what I didn't so bare with me as I bring you
up to date. When I got there the Friday before he died his wife Judy told me that John had not communicated much in the
last four days. That I should not expect much of a response from him. I walked in and said hi John and he smiled back and
said hi Annie. We all laughed, smiled and cried. The rest of my visit was beautiful and I will never forget these last
moments. I will cherish them always.
Sunday was the memorial celebration for John. Also attending was Ira Zimmerman, Vanna Sivilay, Peter Nicks, Peter
Lew, Ralph Kessler, Linnea Eades and all the way from Germany, ISA president Thomas Krall. Thomas called me on
Thursday and expressed his desire to come. He and John had the chance to form a friendship during many of John's trips
to Europe. I told him my home was open and on Friday he confirmed that he was coming. I was soon filled with mix
feelings of sadness and happiness that I would have the opportunity to get to know Thomas better, but I wish in difference
circumstances. He in fact felt the same. His fax to me confirming the trip had a smiley face with a half smile and half
Thomas came in Saturday evening and together with my family we went to the memorial celebration on Sunday.
Sunday was one of the most wonderful days of my life. There were tables set up outside and there were scheduled
speakers. After that there was an open mike where others shared their memories. The man who ran the ceremonies began
with John's favorite story which was a stuttering joke...it went ........
John went into a bar (in his drinking days) and said to the bartender. I would l-l-like a s-s-scotch please. The bartender
responded with c-c-coming r-r-right up. John said - hey are you making fun of me? The bartender said no, I stutter too!
Then another man walked up to the bar and ordered a beer without any stuttering. The bartender responded with - coming
right up. John said, hey, you were making fun of me! The bartender responded by saying....no...I was making fun of
It was a beautiful way of beginning the day. We all laughed and smiled in rememberence of John. When I had my turn to
speak I said to the group... "There are not many places that I feel proud to be a stutterer. Today is one of those days. As I
have been walking around introducing myself to all of you and I stutterered I felt a part of that very special part of John
who I know all of you love".
I wish you could have seen the expression in their eyes when I stuttered. It was not compassion or anything like that. It
was love and admiration. I wish you were there.
I have always felt at home in the Larkin home, but Sunday was more than that.
That house was filled with so much love that people came together and I truly didn't want the day to end. Over 100 people
came and went.
It truly was a mixed day of emotions.
Memories NEVER fade . . . especially pleasant ones!
Handsome man with a big smile . . . I'm sure he will be missed - but ALWAYS remembered.
I'll Miss John - Marty Leisner 12/18/99
I found John to be a funny, warm, caring individual who was fun to be around.
I've talked with him a few times, we seemed to have a talent to make each other laugh ;-)
He'll be missed by me -- I wish I could have spent more time with him.
Hey John - Dave Carless, Tucson Chapter, N.S.A. 12/27/99
Hey John, I`ve often wondered if when we get to the "GATE" in Heaven if Saint Peter would say something like
"HHHHello JJJohn, WWelcome to HHHaeaven, yyou kknow you aaall wwere the rrright ones aall TThe tttime." Hey let
us know O.K. We will miss you BIG TIME. DDDDave
Speaking the truth, and only the truth. Nora O'Connor 12/30/99
When I think Of John Larkin I think of straight up truth. From his heart, his soul, his eyes, his smile, and to words left
unsaid but loudly spoken all the same ... John was 100% pure. From our first contact via mail in 1992 -- to when I heard
John's key note speech at the NSP convnetion in San Diego it was all about truth. He never candy-coated the way his
stutter shaped his life, from the down right ugly shit that tore him up to the emerging beauty that grew stronger everyday
within him. Oh, I love hearing people sharing their stories of how they have become one with their stutter ... but I'd rather
hear about the dirt, the truth that got them to that point. That's the way John spoke. Truth was all John ever spoke to me.
And that's all I'll ever speak. I'll always remember the night I heard the Scatman on the radio in my beat up 1980 Honda
one late summer night in 1995. I was tweaking out on the drug that was suppresing my feelings of truth for who I had
become and what I was dying from ... and John emerged from the radio ... and I heard loud and clear, "As a matter of fact
don't let nothin' hold you back. If the Scatman can do it brother so can you." John was with me that night ... and many
nights that followed. Thank you John for showing me the way to finding my truth, and now I can spread it to those who
need to hear it as much as I needed to hear it from you. There has never been a keynote speaker at a stuttering convention
that has told the truth as hard as John did in 1995 ... people need to hear the truth. From truth we can emerge and find
some level of acceptance and empowerment. If the Scatman can do it, so can Nora. Peace xoxo
Scatman John - Peter Hawkes 1/4/00
I am so sad to hear of his death. I didnt really know too much about him. But he was obviously a man who wasnt
ashamed to admit and confront his stammering. A sad loss in our stammering community, my thoughts are with his family
and all his friends and close fans.
NSA Stutterers Hall of Fame - Ira Zimmerman 7/5/00
Having just returned from the National Stuttering Association's Convention, I can report that John "Scatman" Larkin was
inducted in their Stutterers Hall of Fame. Texan JW Gregory, who also passed away earlier this year, came up and funded
the idea of Stutterers Hall of Fame. I'm sure that John would have greatly appreciated this honor as he did when the
National Council on Communicative Disorders approved my nomination of him for an award. Having personally known
John and how humble a person he was, I know that he found it gratifying that anyone thought that he was a role model for
them. It is one of life's truths that we all must die someday. John overcame so many challenges in his life. He certainly
died too young in his 50s because of lung cancer. Perhaps that was the price he had to pay for all those years entertaining
audiences in smokey jazz clubs both in the U.S. and around the world.
Im giving in, not giving up - Kiran. 1/10/01
I've never heard of the "Scatman" in my life before. Its just now after I've read some letters from his fans, I realised "why
do i suffer from this?". You rule dude.
One more thing. When you sing you don't stutter. So these days, I sort of sing when I speak so I dont stutter. I should
make my own album haha.
Missed by All Big Ad 11/9/01
Scatman John made my childhood entertaining, it was the first single that i ever purchased and i still listen tos 'Scat Mans
World' all the time.It was one of those songs which was far ahead of its time and still sounds fresh today. I have only just
heard about him passing on, and it is a deep loss to the world. Scat Man John, 'Keep on Scatin in the Sky'!!
Music From The Soul A Starving Artist 11/13/01
Mr Larkin, you will be missed. How many times have I sat and listend to "Scatman" and thought "some real emotion went
through that guy; he isn't just scatting, he's pouring his soul out into his voice" I have never met Scatman John, and the
only song of his that I have heard is "Scatman" I don't have a stuttering problem When I mourn the loss of John Larkin, it
is because the world has lost a great artist. I only wish I could have seen him perform once before he passed on
Missing John Torben 11/14/01
I will miss him, listen to the Scatman song every day at work when I'm feeling down. Rest in peace, Torben Sweden
I don t belive what a John is dead!! He was a great man !! I love his music!!
he will be remembered AL Z. 11/25/01
John "scatman" you were great - not only your songs but your words and your wisdom will be remembered. May your
soul rest in peace.
charlie chaplin Gaz 12/8/01
i wasn't realy a scatman fan, i do briefly remember the song 'scatman', as i was only 12 back in 1995 i didn't realy take
much notice of the music around me, and how did i find out about this great loss, well i have just been on audiogalaxy(the
place i download my mp3's) and was scouring through peoples posts when i came across 'scatman is the fastest rapper'
memories of a charlie chaplin figure came pouring back, so ... i decided to use google to search for news on the old guy,
and this is how i came across this ite, i will admit that i didn't realy now a thing about him, i didn't know he died 2 years
ago either, although this site has enlightend me and one thing for sure, i wont be forgetting scatman john for a while.
He was the greatest musician for me Frusti_51 12/10/01
It's so bad what happened with his die! He was the greatest singer with the most beautiful voice i've ever heard. There
must be angels in heaven, with them he can sing. Your Frusti_51
From Spain Alce 1/9/02
In spanish: Morir quizá, ser olvidado nunca! En memoria de un músico que tantos buenos momentos nos hizo pasar a
todos. Hasta siempre Scatman, te veremos en tu música.
Octavio Alcober Spain remembers you! 1/13/02
I had only 15 years old when I watch Scatman in Tv, with his song Scatman's World, and I remember that this song
impressed me. In this year 2002, I hear that Scatman was dead in 1999, I'm sad. Rest in peace, John. Desde Espana un
admirador tuyo, descansa en paz, John, nunca te olvidaré.
Great men UVNET 1/22/02
He was a great man. Never give up, never surrender, full speed ahead. GDw
scatman john Norwegian fan 1/30/02
Scatman is the toughest artist ever. Right now he's very popular at my school, Fagerborg upper coprehensive, Oslo,
Norway. Keep up the good work! Bade, 18, Oslo, Norway
Come back Mateo Garcia 2/6/02
I remember 7 years ago in 1995 when i first listened to Scat Man. It was the first music that had came out that i truly
enveyed. It wasnt until 6 years later in 2001 i rediscovered his music after listening to it and my friends house. I never get
tired of listening to Scat Mans World which i feel is trying to put out the message that we are all human. I didn't know
john had passed away until today 2-6-02. I was hoping on meeting him, im 14 and well todays music is like all rock rap
Linkin Park and stuff but i truly prefer ScatMan over them all, he really did effect us.
-IF YOU WANT TO BREAK FREE YOU BETTER LISTEN TO ME YOUVE GOT TO LEARN HOW TO IF YOUR
FANTASY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM CALLING OUT FROM SCAT LAND! IM CALLING OUT FROM SCAT
-keep on scatting wherever you are forever -i will always try to spread his music and ideas to others. Dreams never die nor does music.
Cool John D. 2/6/02
This guy is amazing. I have never heard anything like this before. I was wondering if there were any other musicians like John. I really like his music and I was wondering why there
haven't been more singers like him
You will be missed Scatman! Rachel Zodinpuii 2/9/02
I just wanted to say, Scatman John Larkin will be missed! I love his songs! It was pure talent!
Scatman John sean/18/london 2/14/02
I didnt realise john had died until today. I was hoping he was going to have a come back. Scatman's unique style bought a
bit of comedy, but at the same time meaning to people's lives. Although i've only just read a brief biography of him, he
sounds like a great man, so wherever you are john.. keep it G and RIP
Rachel Zodinpuii, 2/9/02
I just wanted to say, Scatman John Larkin will be missed! I love his songs! It was pure talent!
sean/18/london - 2/14/02
I didn't realise john had died until today. I was hoping he was going to have a come back. Scatman's unique style bought a bit of comedy, but at the same time meaning to
people's lives. Although i've only just read a brief biography of him, he sounds like a great man, so wherever you are john.. keep it G and RIP
A great guy Adam Sime 2/15/02
As some of you, I only realised Scatman John died today. I enjoyed his music in his heyday, especially Scatmans World. I
thought about him a few months ago and since managed to obtain the single, which I play constantly. I never knew much
about him until now, but now I admire him for all his achievments. He will be long remembered as long as people like
ourselves continue to play his amazing tunes. Here's to you John...............
Volmar Correa Vieira - 3/17/02
Scatman music sounds very cool .. I never heard a sound like that..!! Scatman's music makes me feel "still alive and kicking". Only today I realized about Scatman's death here on this website. Pity Scatman is
not among us anymore, but we are in luck his music will stay forever. Thank you very much, John Larkin.
"We've got to believe in love - That's all there ever will be That's all there's ever been - For you and me. This is a brand new day know what I say, Love is understanding.
Believe me believe me believe me. We've got to believe in love..." (Song of Scatland by Scatman John)
A música de Scatman é muito legal ..
Nunca ouvi um som como esse..!! As músicas de Scatman fazem eu me sentir "mais vivo". Somente hoje fiquei sabendo da morte de Scatman aqui neste 'website'. Pena que
Scatman não esteja mais entre nós, mas sorte nossa que a sua música permanecerá para sempre. Muito obrigado, John Larkin.
Yates - 3/18/02
He was a great man, I never knew him, and have only heard of him recently, but his music is incredible, and it delivers a good message. He truly was a great man, and
although, I have only today heard of his death, it is truly a great loss for the world, his music lives on, and I'm still sharing it with my friends. He was a talented singer, and
my friends are all impressed with him. Long live scat...
Mr. Dj Beatsanov - 3/27/02
Scatman is a legend. John Scatman is not dead. He lives in our hearts. He is the most amazing dance music artist out there, his music is FANTASTIC. There's nothing more energizing than
"Scatman". SCATMAN RULES
whalebacklover - 3/30/02
First let me say thank you to John for his caring, faith, scattin' and wonderful lyrics. I had a bad time in my life a few years ago and one of his representatives helped me and
so did his uplifitng music. Rest In Peace John. My sorrows to his family for their loss. Second it is unforgivable that people would post such trash as some of these messages.
Shame on you. The wonderful messages with heartfelt caring are wonderful. Thanks to you. He will live on with his music. There was no other like him.
Mark Hart from England - 4/2/02
The Scatman was the best. We are having a party in rememberence of the Scatman in August at 3 Roberts Avenue, Haydock, St. Helens, Merseyside. England. Anyone is
welcome, he is a hero, e-mail me on email@example.com.... Cheers, god bless you all. XXX
Bill in Austria - 4/25/02
I remember first hearing the SCATMAN 8 years ago...his music is still in my head. Today I found out he died back in 1999...His music is now even better...Rest in Peace
SCATMAN...you have touched many...
Antti From Finland - 4/29/02
Scatman Lives For ever.... im a big Scatman fan
a un gran artista - from Francisco, 5/5/02
Para mi Scatman John siempre sera un recuerdo de mi juventud, cada vez que escucho sus canciones, en especial Scatman wolrd se me llenan los ojos de lagrimas y se me estremece el cuerpo recordando aquellos maravillosos ados. Desde aqui le mando un gran tributo y todo mi sincero agradecimiento a este gran musico y a su vida. D.E.P.
A fan - 5/6/02
This guy was a true professional, who made great music and had a unique singing style. God bless him, may he rest in peace.
firstname.lastname@example.org - 5/6/02
Im left kinda stunned by what Ive just found. I was just searching to see where scatman was and he is not here anymore. Scatman was the best song ever, so original! It
represents my teenage years as it was always playing in clubs we visited. I wish the family well and hope that they understand how well loved by everyone his music was.!
Samantha Hewiit xxx
Davy Vandousselaere - 5/8/02
Its so sad, why did he leave us, i still listen to his music, it is funny and inspiring!! His music genre is superb, no other band or singer has this style!
Bram from Belgium - 5/8/02
I remember that i was 12 years old when Scatman John had his first hitsingle with Scatman!It went straigth to number one in belgium!And now that's a good memory,and i
heard in dec. 99 that he died on teh news.But now it surprises me that it is allready 2,5 years ago, i thought a year or something. And last time i was talking with a
friend,Davy vandousselaere see above,about Scatman,and so now i sign this page. And now i'm going to listen to him! John,you were great!
Dutch - 5/11/02
I will allways remember his songs, it has allways combined with my time in school and a large part of my teenage years. He gained my respect after an interview on dutch
television were he explained why he made songs, and just the way how calmly he was talking and joking inbetween I could see there was nothing snobby about this guy. He
used his handicap for something nobody else before did and he even used his talents to help people out not just making money. I was shocked to hear he passed away,
remember I heard the news 2 years later on the radio after they played one of his songs.
Thanks Scatman for your great songs and for the fond memories of those times, you had my respect then and you have it now.
ben lewis - 5/12/02
I unfortunatly never had the opportunity to the scatman, but i have always loved his scattin' lyrics, and his songs have always held a special place in my heart, their pure
unadulterated joy was there for us all to behold, remeber, if the scatman can do it, so can you. May god rest his soul.
Scattin' K - 5/12/02
I'd just like to say that Scatman's scatting lyrics have opened up a whole new world for me and my partner, Hanz. Scatman inspired me to explore the wonderful world of
scat -keep on scattin' !!!
B-Linda. Norway - 5/23/02
I just wanted too tell that i will never forget scatman John.When he lived for some few years ago, I used to sing to his cool songs everywhere and always. I remember I
wished I had a grandfather like him... When we listen too Scatmann, we must be happy since the man had improved that all forfill our dream,with a speaking problem too.
Hugs from norway, we will never forget u!
From Falcidia in Italy, June 2, 2002
Alejandro Rosales email@example.com - 6/2/02
Just wanted to say that. I even made some drawings of him (out from photos in his cd). ..........man. I will find the way to honor him with some of my work, my webpages,
software programs, I will include his memory in them. If only he could have known what his songs mean to me. I wish I was able to thank him.
From Giles Towler, June 18, 2002
Scatman John has inspired me through his artistry to learn the mystical ways of "scat". I am currently teaching myself and have managed to pull off some tricky scat moves such as the "skibbidy bee ba da ba daskibda!" and last night I even managed the skab ba dee bada skadaba bibbidy ski ba da!". One day I hope to appear at the scat world championships and display my ability for all the world to see. It will not be easy, and as I have already found out the road to scat nirvana is a long and hard one, but I am sure that with practice I too will be able to achieve the greatness of Scatman John.
Francis, in Brazil. - 6/28/02
His song was just so positive... I have so many great memories, and it was really shocking to learn that he's dead... His songs remind me of friendship, of friends I have no
contact with anymore, but who are in my heart... friends like Maggie... Well, positive people always leave such positive legacy... Make a good party up there, Scatman! Your
sound will always be playing down here, reminding us of great friends...
VicChiri - 7/3/02
He didn't die; we've got his music...
A VERY good musician has died. I wrote VERY in capital letters because I think he was one of the best musicians of the last 10 years. He showed us a new way of making
music, good songs... I loved his songs. From Spain, don't let his songs to be lost.
Enrique Pineda - 7/8/02
Hey my name is Enrique Pineda and I first heard about John Scatman when I was in 3rd grade after that I liked his song Im the Scatman. So just now I decided to hear his recent song Scatmans World then I decided to do some research about him I was hoping that I could email him from his website then I ran across this website today.....but I will never get to email him but I will respect his music..... he will now be one of the artists that will all ways be in my heart I will miss you although I never knew much about you........I know it might it be to late but good-bye scatman.......
MDB, Pretoria, South Africa - 7/18/02
A great pity to have heard of John Larkin's passing away, and ashamed to admit that I only became aware of it today. The words of the Scatman's music are still truly inspirational, and its touching to see so many people sharing their positive feelings about him.
Dom - 8/19/02
To Our Beloved Scatman!
I know you can read this 'Scat',
so I will write this message with Pride!
You Are, Forever Will Be... One Of The Worlds Greatest Champions!
You have inspired many, with many more to follow!
Your messages have touched the hearts of many, leaving them to ask one question....
" Where is the Scatman? "
I would pay $1000's of Dollars to see you perform!
You want to hear the greatest story ever told
The Story is about a man, who cared for others over himself and telling his story through song. This Story is About Scatman John!
My friend and I, today during music, listened to "I'm A Scatman" and were enveloped with in awe, and have nothing out of it, except the Utmost respect of what you have left society with, Messages!
You have prevented the Lie! ( In our lives anyway )
We have our minds set on spreading your words, 'Scat'
Remember your own words...
" Things you call dead haven't yet had the chance to be born."
We are gonna revive you 'Scat!'
Already I have ideas for the first song for..
" The Children From Scatland "
We might even get to have a bit of a jam in the distant future
Have a good one 'Scat' ,
May you look down upon me with blessing
( Jazz Gangster )
Andrew Sanders, Australia - 15 October 2002
I was sitting down doing some work at my desk in the middle of the
night, and going through some mp3's on my archaeic laptop from a cd
collection which is long lost and buried and stumbled upon a couple of
Scatman John's songs.
I realised my ability to scat along (and sing along) had dropped, and
decided to refresh my memory of the lyrics.
I have many fond memories associated with his songs of some very good
times in my life, and prior to finding out he is no longer with us was
looking at a few pictures of him, a sharp dressed jazz singer who
delved into many genre's of music and wondered how awesome it would
have been to see him in concert.
I continued to read on about how popular his hits were, and wondered why
there was only a small amount of information about him on the internet,
but ignored that and went on to wonder how cool it would be to see this
guy live. The contrast of a rather old-school jazz singer look and
modern equipment with electronic vibes and pulses intertwined with his
uniquely toned voice would be breath taking and entertaining to no end.
I was a tad concerned when I noticed what I thought was an error on the
page when they listed "Who was Scatman John" as a subject header, and
then noted the print up the top of the page stipulating his passing.
Although my dream of seeing him live was destroyed, but he will live on
in my generation, and hopefully a fair many others.
Damian Lappin, UK - 31 October 2002
The first time I saw the Scatman Video, my jaw dropped. This was so radical, an 40 plus guy being so cool. The more I learn about the scatman, the more I miss him. John, you touched my soul. Rest in peace, you are sadly missed.
Stephen Dixon, England, 2 November 2002
Well, I have only just found out that he is dead and I feel as though a piece of my past has been removed. I live in England now but I used to live in South Africa. Me, my brother and his friends always used to listen to Scatman's music. Within the last 30 minutes I had just finished downloading "I'm the Scatman!" and whilst listening to it, it brought back happy memories from when I used to live in South Africa. I then wanted to find a site to download "Scatmans World" and I came across this site. And I cannot believe that the man that gifted me with these memories is not with us anymore. My feelings go out to anybody who knew John and anyone who felt they had been helped in some way by John. I loved him, and I still do and I always will. Even though I don't stutter, he gave me some good memories which I will treasure and that will stay with me.
Brent De Young, Attorney at Law , Seattle, Washington
- 27 November 2002
I was in Moscow, Russia opening new businesses after the fall of Communism in 1994, trying to build Capitalism, when I first heard Scatman John's music. t was unbelievably popular! You couldn't go two blocks without hearing some cafe or shop playing it! I was surprised that it wasn't as popular in the USA, but I soon found out that there were many other excellent US artists that had found fame in Europe before they were discovered in America. Go figure... Scatman was worshipped in Russia! They loved his music so much.
I am a musician myself, a sax player, in addition to being a criminal and immigration attorney in Washington State and in Russia.
I will be having a New Year's party in Moscow and I have already programmed the music. The entire program is starting with "Scatman's World". Everybody knows it and loves it.
Rest in Peace Scatman. You definitely made a difference through your life. We would be much poorer if we had not known your name.
-Sid Crowe, Canada - January 14, 2003
Ever since I heard his music I have always loved it and remembered it. I was remembering it again, and felt sad that he had passed on far too soon, so I did a search for him on the internet. Then I found this website, and so many nice wishes for Scatman John on it. Most are from Europe, where it seems people like you more for who you are, and don't mind if you're a little older. I am writing you from Canada, where it was hard for me to find "Scatman's World" CD, but eventually I got it. Sure, Scatman got a music video and a hit song a little late, but that made him all the more a cool guy. I am not prejudiced against a person's age, and I was in my twenties when I got the Scatman's CD, and I found his messgae to be REAL, even though some people thought it was corny. I remember him always and was happy to find so many people with a nice word for Scatman John. Bless you all and Scatman too.
Edson Harada from Brazil - 14 January 2003
Nao acredito... Estamos em 2003 e descobri hj, que John Larkin faleceu em 99!!! Eu amava esse cara!!! As músicas dele eram empolgantes!!! Eu sabia que ele já tinha uma certa idade e por isso mesmo ele me empolgava porque eu nao conseguia entender como um senhor de idade conseguia aquele folego prá fazer aquilo com a boca!!! Estou chateado por somente saber hoje de sua morte. Adeus Scatman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ross from Australia - 29, 2003
i love scatman john sooo much, i listen to his album's everyday, i go to church and tell all the people i meet about john and his scatting, they say that it's better than christianity and would gladly change there religion to "scat". I often sit on a milkcrate and think about what he said in the song "quiet desperation" and fantasise by hugging myself and thinking warm feelings of children. i love children so much, maybe even more so than john himself but i know that's hard thing to do, because i know he loved children so much.
peace out from scatland :)
Mateo Garcia, USA-California, March 5, 2003
I forget how i found out about the Scat Man. I think i heard him for the first time when i was 7 years old in 1995 when Im the Scat Man was released. It wasn't until 6 years later in 2001 that I was sitting at my computer one day browsing on the internet looking at music files when i noticed one called "Scat Man". I downloaded it and from right then and right there my passion for music has changed as has my outlook on life. The Scat Man inspired his words how "every body stutters one way or the other, so check out my message to you as a matter a fact don't let nothing hold you back if the Scat Man can do it so can you". Those words changed me, after listening to that I had the feeling inside me that there was nothing i couldn't accomplish and that nothing would ever hold me back from doing what i wanted to do. In Scat Man's World "everybody's born to compete as he chooses, but how can someone win in winning means that someone loses""I want to be a human being not a human doing, the source of my intention isn't crime prevention my intention is prevention of the lie". I got the feeling that we all are our own selves and that there is nothing the will hold me back. If there is one Hero in my life it would have to be John Larkin. Yet then one day during the Summer of 2001 I was looking for information on the Scat Man on Yahoo. I found a memorial website I had no idea that he had died in 1999. As soon as i found that out I played all my Scat Man songs as loud as i could. And everyday on the the day of his death December 3, 1999 I salute him by playing his music everywhere I go. There will always be a hole in music for me for I know that nothing will ever match what John Scat Man did. So Scat Man when you talk to me I see the world a different way, I see it by people's souls not their color.Later man and keep on calling for a Scat Man's World
Darren Teale, UK, March 13, 2003
- hello! we are three university students in the UK and we have only found out today that the legend that is Scatman John has passed away. We are all very sorry for his loss to the world however we also know that today, 13th March is his birthday and therefore here at Staffordshire University we have declared this day and the this day in years to come Scatman John Larkin day. We will be celebrating his life tonight with a huge party in his name and shall be reintroducing the students of Staffordshire University to his music. Long live the Scatman! Darren, Oli and Shaz.
Courage, Wisconsin, USA, March 13, 2003
I'm a 6th grade student in Wisconsin. In my music class, my music teacher plays his song Scatman all the time. She never told us that John Larkin was dead. I'm sad to hear that, but I want to know more about him. I found your site and I'm glad I did. Thanks for making your website about John.
Jeffery Nigel, UK, March 27, 2003
When I was growing up, 'Scatman' was one of my (and my friend's) favourite songs. We are truly sorry to only now hear of the death of John 'Scatman' Larkin. RIP Scatman - your legacy will live on.
19 year old boy from Norway, April 19, 2003
I`ve heard obout John scatman before, but I never really listened to his songs...untill today. I was watching television, when i suddenly saw the Scatman video. For the first time I listened to his lyrics, and i was amazed. I went on the internet to find out more about him, and here I am. His lyrics in the "scatman" and the "scatman world" songs told me more than any other artists/bands out there put together. His lyrics are really deep. He must have been a wise man.
Gar and Brian, Ireland, April 20, 2003
We are really big fans of Scatman John and love the way he used to scat. We are hoping to bring out a tribute song for him on the 5th anniversary of his death - a cover version of his classic "I'm a Scatman."
May scatting live on forever.
Marcus Gasslander, April 28, 2003
He was bigger then life it self. In all his wisdomn our lord took him. We have to be thankfull for the time he was walking among us here on earth. may he live on in our minds and soul. scat on all you partypeople out there. Be Bop be dop
Kristian from Sweden, April 28, 2003
I had no idea Scatman had passed away until today. This is a very sad day for me. He inspired millions with his scat and his smile, yet he kept his feet on the ground, he knew where i came from. He took the time to help people, sending love vibes through his scatting. And that is why I'd like to say be-ba-loobedi-bo-bap to you, John. Be-ba-loobedi-bo-bap.
Latvia, May 22, 2003
If Scatman can do gonna so can I...anyway and anytime. I remember John's performance here in Riga - 1-st September 1995 and way how he meeted this town - Superstar (that time) - alone with case in his traditional clothes and hat - with little smile on his face and great goodness in his mind - it's unforgottable - man who must be called - HUMAN. He gave too many for all of us, for people and I think - he's never passed away, he's never gone - he's only getting out for a while - he''ll be back in his songs and lyricks he leaved to us... Take your time - JOHN
Ren Panelo from Phillipines, May 27, 2003
hi! i'm a very big fan of his & his music ever since i was in high school. dance music is not really that popular here were i live (i'm filipino) compared to such places as europe & japan & the like. but i guess i could say i'm one of those kids people here usually consider as "weird" or "eccentric" or "quirky" or whatever have you due to the kind of things i like. in my case, i love dance music.... A LOT. not just dance music but even old-school jazz & big band music & all that stuff as well. & it's one of the main things that got me drawn into scatman john's songs in the first place. i really taught he was cool. the way he does all that 'scatsinging' of his & all that stuff. plus his music is always so happy & upbeat & uplifting at the same time, & how deeply profound his lyrics actually are, & how really true---to me they tell a lot mostly on how life is really supposed to be lived, what life should really be in the first place. & if his words ring true back then, they still ring true even now, & i bet they'll always ring true for many more years to come.... especially with the whole thing that's been going on in the world these days, & they're as relevant as they'll always be. & it's really funny & hard to believe & yet sad at the same time to only know more about him 3 years after his demise. i really thought he's still alive... no wonder i haven't heard much about him nor any of his future plans & works lately. because there'll never be. he will forever pass on as one of the greatest musical legends of our time. right now i really miss him, terribly. i have his 2nd album, "everybody jam", & i was hoping if i could still find a copy of his 1st album here, because for some reason i was never able to grab one at the time it was on sale. i love every song on his 2nd album... in fact it's very funny to think that a while ago i played it again & over again & danced to it, my soul feeling refreshed like it have never been before after quite some time since i last played it. i will forever miss him, may God be with him always, wherever he is right now. i don't want to think of him as 'dead' since to me he'll always be alive in our hearts & in our thoughts & in his music & all his messages through the lyrics he wrote. & just finding out that when he was still alive he was actually known to be a stutterer with a very remarkably unique talent---that of turning his liabilities into his greatest & best assets---made my respect for him grow more. to me he's one great musical genius, he's definitely one-of-a-kind, & i bet there's no one ever as remarkably talented & unique as scatman john. the fact that as popular as he was, he was also among the humblest celebrities ever known, touching lives in any way & bringing inspiration & hope to all those who have been touched by him & his music. now i respect him more than ever before. i wish i could have at least met him in person or something. i wish i could have at least talked to him. mr. larkin, wherever you are right now, i'm very sure you're just around looking at us here right now, like from that song of yours called "the invisible man"---we may not see you but you can definitely see us. (funny now that i think about it further.) i hope you're reading this, sir, & i would like you to know how much your music has touched my life in a great way, & how it helps keep me afloat despite myself & keeps rejuvenating my soul even until now. thank you very much for everything. for the inspiration you have given me. for the music & all. for sharing your unique talent to the world. for touching all of our lives, not just mine but everyone else especially those who admired you & respected you & were inspired by you by the way you lived your life here on earth. there will never be anyone just like you, i bet, but i'm very sure you'll soon be a very great influence to the future generations for many years to come. i'll never forget you, sir. i will always remember you. i hope you're having a great time jamming with the Lord in heaven right now. mabuhay po kayo magpakailanman! may God forever bless your soul. thank you very much for everything & i will be missing you terribly.
Ty, May 31, 2003
I just HAD to write something to remember John Larkin by. I decided to look up some information on this great man and to my horror I learnt of his passing away. His music was great and inspirational, and one of many memories from childhood are of listening to his music on the radio or watching one of his clips on the TV. He was humble, unique and truthful and made his apparent "disability" into a method in which he could spread his inspiring message to people throughout the world. His message brought peace to many people throughout the world and he will be missed, but not forgotten. His music is with us forever to remind us of his nature and his desire to bring peace and motivation to people throughout the world. His memory lives on with us and I know, one thing for sure, is that he is perhaps one of the only artists I'll truly remember! far into the years ahead.
Alex Freeman, London, England, June 30, 2003
In 1995, I bought my first ever record. It was Skatmans World on cassette and it cost me 2.29 pounds. For me then, that was all my money, but the first time I heard it, I knew I wanted to hear it more. I memorised every "sking-ding-a-dong" and "bar-bor-bay" in the song, and remember it to this day. John is a legend to me, the man that introduced me to music. He had faded from the medias conciousness by the time of his passing, so when I was told a couple of wekks ago, I was shocked. I'd always hoped that one day, I'd see a new single of his on the new release list. Sadly, thats now unlikely. I love John for his music, but from what Ive read here, I would have loved him as a person as well. I now want to find his album to remember hm by. "Listen to me brother, you just keep on walking, coz you and me and sister aint got nothing to hide!"
Gareth Carpenter , SA, AUSTRALIA, August 5, 2003
I have always loved Johns song Scatman and only recently found out about his passing. This was really sad to hear of as always hoped more songs would still be coming from him. You're a legend Scatman and a true inspiration. RIP Scatman John.
James David Reyome, Tennessee, USA, August 23, 2003
I am just stunned to learn Scatman John passed away. I loved his song and got the cassette single as soon as it came out and darned near wore it out. My son was just a baby when "Scatman" was released and it was the first song he ever danced to. It was a great piece of work and it really touched both PJ and I.
Fatih Bayrak Istanbul, TURKEY, 29 August 2003
A few days ago I remembered his song "Scatman John" and started to listen it. A few days later I saw a msg on a msg board it was saying "Scatman John is dead" I didn't believe it at first. I made a search on search engines and I found it's true. I am sad as I lost a friend. He was the singer of my "old school days" REST IN PEACE Scatman..
"Nice guys went with nice horses"
MD, BELGIUM, October 15, 2003
I heard Scatman John the first time here in Belgium. I think it was 1994 or 1995, I was 12 years old. Years flew by and now after 8 years I damn still love his music. Scatman was my first idol, I will never forget his appearances and his music. I remember the schooltimes when we had to choose a song, then we had to perform it in front of the whole class. We took Scatman! It was the most popular song here in Europe. I still admire and respect him, his music will last for ever!
Yeah, Scatman John will never die as long people listen to his brilliant music and remember him! I know I will never forget him! You were and still are the best!
Who knows, I relive the past in the future when I'm dead. I hope i'll hear you singing again?!
Scatman John will allways be on our minds! Respect and rest in peace!
Joshua Derke, United States, October 15, 2003
Roberto Natareno del Valle, Guatemala, Central America, October 15, 2003
I am so sorry to know this about Scatman John. When I saw his video I decided put a ring in my ear. And always I think I want to be like him when I'm older. Bye bye Scatman.
Amrit, age 14 from India, October 31, 2003
Hello, I'm Amrit, a boy facinated by this wonderful world of SCATLAND.I really respect Scatman John as one of the best singers of all times.He did what practiclly no man on this Earth could do. He overcame his handicap in such a way that made him the world's greatest singer. It is a real pity that he died so early. Posterity will not get his like for a long time. What I like(d) in him most was his persona. Unlike most of the other the other artists of his time, his songs have a meaning. it was the saddest momemt of my life when i heard of his death, that was way back on that cold night of JAN when i searching the net. It really took me a lot to recover from that shock but as he had said "keep living in the moment". That really helped me lot. I end my note with sympathy to his family. Rest in peace, Uncle Scatman.
In his memory I dedicate this petty offering at his feet. i hope, by this, people will understand my respect and feelings for him.
Life's a vivid struggle
And death a long holiday
I miss you brother Scatman
Whether be it night or day.
Mate you were an icon, a superstar,
The greatest this world could ever bare
To me and to the millions of fans,
You'll always remain dear.
There's always been something special in