Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah James Baskett (1904–1948) was an American actor known for his portrayal of Uncle Remus, singing the song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" in the 1946 Disney feature film Song of the South. In recognition of his warm portrayal of the famous black storyteller he was given an Honorary Academy Award, making him the very first male performer of African descent to receive an Oscar.
Uncle Remus 'n Mr Bluebird--one of my favorite childhood memories is of going to the theater to see "Song of the South" with my Daddy. And also, riding in his truck with him, while he sang "Zip-Ah-Dee-Doo-Dah." <3