Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop

A reader writes :

Some time ago I read a news item about a man with a strange name who was arrested for drugs. It was a news story for a while because of his name, which was Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.

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Earlier this year that story gained considerable traction round the globe for reasons that are not entirely extramusical, as we shall see below.
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He is a Wisconsin man. His real name was Jeffrey Drew Wilschke. The surname is either German or the Germanised spelling of a Wendish (Slavic) name. (The name Wilschke originated in Silesia, and a lot of Germans settled in Wisconsin, you see.) However, the status of the surname’s use in relation to his heritage is unclear, as Wilschke and his sister were adopted and their step-parents are dead, facts we learn from an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.
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Wilschke spent $300 to have his name legally changed to Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop (and do note the spelling in particular, because he has insisted the capital letters and hyphens should be represented just as they came to him in a vision). The sequence of syllables in the name sounds a lot like “scat” – the jazz singing style that is usually rendered as a lively vocalise in imitation of jazz melody instruments, such as Ella Fitzgerald made famous. Sure enough, the defendant (who had been arrested for carrying cannabis and a knife in a city park) made a statement to the media to answer the numerous enquiries regarding his name –

I could explain it as a jazz term that means the sum of the hysteria of all the chaos in the universe. Or something.
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Studying the story, if one sort of profiled the suspect in a stereotyping pigeon-hole as to his age and milieu in Middle America, one might concur with the commentators who analysed the name beyond jazz and had him pegged as a fan of David Lee Roth. The singer’s Eighties rock ‘n’ roll cover of “Just A Gigolo” with “I Ain’t Got Nobody” contains a short refrain of scat which is somewhat similar to Prisoner Wilschke’s new name (and now brace yourself for the spectacle of Roth’s gyrating and scenery-chewing) –
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Louis Prima was among the first to pair the “Gigolo” song with “Nobody” – a striking medley which was later covered by numerous artistes. Cab Calloway, who in the course of his multifaceted career provided voice-overs and sound effects for “Betty Boop” cartoons, made a recording of “I Ain’t Got Nobody” in 1935. His suave yet ebullient scat style is unmistakeable. –
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Bessie Smith lays out the blues in her 1925 rendering of “I Ain’t Got Nobody” –
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Austrian tenor Richard Tauber sings the German version of “Just A Gigolo” – Schöner Gigolo
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A bittersweet performance featuring the voice of Alfred Strauss with the Dajos Béla orchestra –
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Fritz Imhoff gives it plenty of accent, and sings both verses of the song –
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SCHÖNER GIGOLO (1928)

[Chorus]
Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo,
handsome gigolo, poor gigolo:
denke nicht mehr an die Zeiten,
don’t dwell upon the times
wo du als Husar,
when you as a Hussar
goldverschnürt sogar,
all dressed up in gold braid
konntest durch die Straßen reiten.
had the run of the streets
Uniform passée, Liebchen sagt: „Adieu!”
Uniform’s outmoded now, lover says bye bye
schöne Welt du gingst to Fransen!
beautiful world you went to pieces
Wenn das Herz dir auch bricht,
even when it breaks your heart
zeig’ ein lachendes Gesicht,
show a smiling face
man zahlt und du mußt tanzen.
somebody is paying, so you’ve got to dance

Der kleine Leutnant er war der beste Reiter,
The little lieutenant was the best at riding
und alle Herzen, sie flogen ihm gleich zu.
and all hearts flocked to him eagerly
Er konnte küssen und tanzen wie kein zweiter,
he could kiss and dance without peer
er kam und sah und er siegte auch im Nu.
he came, he saw, he conquered in no time
viel Monde hat er gekämpft im Frankreich drüben,
Many a month he fought over in France,
bald an der Weichsel, Piave, irgendwo;
Then on the Vistula, the Piave, wherever.
jetzt ist ihm nichts mehr geblieben,
now there’s no option left to him,
er wurde Gigolo.
he became a gigolo

[Chorus]
Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo,
handsome gigolo, poor gigolo:
denke nicht mehr an die Zeiten,
don’t dwell upon the times
wo du als Husar,
when you as a Hussar
goldverschnürt sogar,
all dressed up in gold braid
konntest durch die Straßen reiten.
had the run of the streets
Uniform passée, Liebchen sagt: „Adieu!”
Uniform’s outmoded now, lover says bye bye
schöne Welt du gingst in Fransen!
beautiful world you went to pieces
Wenn das Herz dir auch bricht,
even when it breaks your heart
zeig’ ein lachendes Gesicht,
show a smiling face
man zahlt und du mußt tanzen.
somebody is paying, so you’ve got to dance

Er wurde Tänzer, die Erde dreht sich weiter,
He became a dancer and so life goes on
Der kleine Leutnant tanzt für sein täglich Brot.
The little lieutenant dances for his daily bread
Wenn nur das Mütterchen einmal wieder heiter;
If only dear Mum would cheer up once more
Sie darf nichts fühlen mehr von bitt’rer Not.
She mustn’t feel any more of this bitter poverty
Dort, wo beim Sekt er gelauscht der schönen Lieder,
The place where, glass in hand, he would listen to the lovely songs
Wo er getanzt hat in dulci jubilo;
where he used to dance just as merry as can be
dort tanzt er täglich jetzt wieder,
he’s back at it dancing every day
doch nur als Gigolo.
But only as a gigolo.

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Piękny żigolo (a Polish version with a tenor banjo accompaniment in the orchestra) –

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Tenor Daniele Serra soars over a men’s chorus – Italian text –

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Cab Calloway with Betty Boop and Bimbo in “Minnie the Moocher” (mind the cat scat at 6:12) –

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Betty Boop in the cartoon “Just A Gigolo” (and Irène Bordoni sings C’est mon gigolo as well as the English version) –

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