Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the United States most popular African American big bands from the start of the 1930s through the 1950s.
In 1931, he recorded his most famous song, Minnie the Moocher. That song and St. James Infirmary Blues appeared in Betty Boop animated shorts, Minnie the Moocher and Snow White (1933), respectively. For his part, Cab took advantage of this and timed his concerts in certain communities with the release of the films in order to make the most of the attention.
In 1980, he gained renewed interest when he appeared as a supporting character in the film, The Blues Brothers where he played Minnie The Moocher to buy time for the Brothers to make it to their own concert.
Cab Calloway Facts
|Birth Name||Cabell Calloway III|
|Birthday||December 25, 1907|
|Birthplace||Rochester, New York, USA|
|Date of death||November 18, 1994 (age 86)|
|Race Movies: Hi-De-Ho/The Devil's Daughter/Beware/Reet, Petite, and Gone|
|Jumpin' and Jivin', Vol. 1|
|Hi De Ho|
|The Small Jazz Bands|
|Lullaby of Harlem|
|Jazz Icons: Cab Calloway|
|The Black Big Bands|
|Harlem Roots: Volume 1|
|The Littlest Angel|