|Single by Scatman John|
|from the album Everybody Jam!|
|Released||October 30, 1996|
|Length||Single Jam: 3:31|
Maxi Jam: 5:21
|Songwriter(s)||Antonio Nunzio Catania, John Larkin|
|Scatman John singles chronology|
"Everybody Jam!" is a song by Scatman John, released as a single from the album of the same name. It is a tribute to the music of Louis Armstrong with samples of his voice ed into the track as if in conversation with the Scatman. The song charted at number-one in the Czech Republic and number 46 in Germany.
Larry Flick from Billboard described the song as a "amusing and charming dance ditty". He added that "This time, John's flashy vocal skills are put to the test over a galloping disco groove that is laced with big-band horns and swaggering male background chants."
A music video was produced to promote the single, directed by Doro. The video was filmed on location in New Orleans and cost around $500,000 US. According to the Scatman, "the day we shot the video was a day beyond all boundaries of time and space. Full of magic. All of the images together created the perfect atmosphere for showing the heart and soul of Louis Armstrong's roots". In the video Scatman, walking across a parking lot, sees the ghost of Louis Armstrong on the side of a building and the pair begin to duet. The bulk of the video takes place in a Louisiana street parade with Scatman and Louis riding along behind a marching band in a cadillac. Several children dressed up like Scatman are seen in the procession whilst onlookers wave Scatman and Louis flags. The video ends with Scatman looking up at Louis in the parking lot where it started. An alternate version of the music video was released with some parts of the video replaced with different scenes.