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Dewey (sometimes “David”) “Pigmeat” Markham was born on April 18, 1904 and died on December 13, 1981 of a stroke, and is best known as a comedian but was also a singer, dancer, and actor, including in films. His ‘Judge’ routine was performed for years. Markham is regarded as a forerunner of rappers and a creator of hip-hop. His song “Here Comes The Judge” was an international hit in 1968.