21. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah – James Baskett
Seeing Uncle Remus move around in the animated world of Disney. I mean, really, who hasn’t wanted to do that. This is from Disney’s movie Song Of The South. This film came out in 1946. And this song won the Academy Award for best song in 1947. Mr. Baskett played Uncle Remus. Don’t go looking for the DVD of this film. There is concern that it would be perceived as racist. Long story. Mr. Baskett won an Honorary Academy Award, which makes him the first African American man to win an Oscar. He was unable to attend the premiere in Atlanta because it was a segregated city. Nasty. I wondered why we never heard from him again, and found that he died the next year of heart disease. Only 44 years old. This is such a cool song, and is on itunes.
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