Cab Calloway

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Calloway, Cab

Calloway, Cab (Cabell Calloway) (kălˈəwāˌ), 1907–94, jazz singer and band leader, b. Rochester, N.Y. Known for his inventive creativity, he hired some of the top musicians of his day for his jazz orchestra, including Dizzy Gillespie and Milt Hinton; he also promoted singers Pearl Bailey and Lena Horne. Cab Calloway and his band became famous as a result of radio broadcasts (1931–32) from New York City's Cotton Club, and were one of the highest earning bands of the 1930s and 40s. His hits included “Minnie the Moocher” (1931) and “Blues in the Night” (1942). He also appeared in several films.

Bibliography

See his Of Minnie the Moocher and Me (1976, with B. Rollins); biography by A. Shipton (2010).

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Calloway, (Cabell) Cab

(1907–94) jazz musician; born in Rochester, N.Y. A versatile song and dance man, he led a succession of outstanding big bands between 1928–53. He was featured in the 1979 movie The Blues Brothers.
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Born on Christmas Day 1907, Cabell Calloway III grew up doing well in school and went on to study law before dropping out to pursue a living in the spotlight.