Slam Stewart was a superior swing-oriented bassist whose
ability to bow the bass and hum an octave apart made him
famous in the jazz world. He had thought of the idea while
studying at Boston Conservatory when he heard Ray Perry
singing along with his violin.
In 1936, Stewart was with Peanuts Holland's group and the
following year he started playing regularly with
guitarist/singer/comedian Slim Gaillard in a group logically
dubbed "Slim and Slam." "Flat Foot Floogie" became a huge
hit and kept the group working through the early '40s.
After leaving Gaillard, Stewart was in great demand