Jimmy Durante: The Great Schnozzola by David Soren

Jimmy Durante (New York City, February 10, 1893 – Santa Monica, California, January 29, 1980) was a unique entertainer and reportedly one of the kindest, sweetest people at the top of the entertainment world. He was an accomplished although self-taught ragtime piano player with a singing voice that sounded like a pneumatic drill glossing over sandpaper. He couldn't dance either so he would take off his battered hat and hold it in the air and just shuffle his feet rhythmically one after the other and, for some reason, when he went into this strut the crowd would go wild.