Born " Cabell" Calloway the Third, December 25th 1907, Cab Calloway, also known as the "hi-de-hi-de-ho man," was a famous Jazz musician who completely changed the game with his "Scat" singing style. He spent his days as a child in Rochester, New York, but was brought up in Baltimore. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father was a lawyer.

Cab Calloway attended Frederick Douglass High School, were he graduated in 1927. After High School, he went to Law School at Crane College in Chicago, Illinois. As a young man, he was better known for his hustling down by the racetrack than he was for his musical talent.

At age 17 he joined "Johnny Jones and His Arabian Tent Orchestra". Later in life he joined "The Missourians", which was later changed to "Cab Calloway and His Orchestra". As the band was touring, they subconsciously set trends and invented a whole new vocabulary that would be widely acknowledged.

Seeing as most of his previous gigs had been in Chicago, Cab wanted to branch out, which got him and his band a show at Harlem's revered "Cotton Club." Their performance was so good, that  they were offered a weekly spot at the club. The spot they took was previously Duke Ellington's, which really must have made them feel great to have replaced such a great artist of their time. With the help of Irving Mills, Cab Calloway created a theme song for themselves which they called, "Minnie The Moocher." The song was a hit, and sold over 1,000,000 copies.

Unfortunately, the band broke up in the 40's when Cab Calloway's life of gambling had caught up to him. But that didn’t stop him; Cab Calloway persevered through adversity, and ultimately made it through just fine. After his financial troubles, he continued to perform with several other groups of artist's.

Cab Calloway also starred in many films, which opened a whole new world of creativity for this "Oh so" creative man. Some of the films he starred in are as follows." The Blues Brothers", June 16, 1980; "The Littlest Angel", December 6th, 1969; "The Cincinnati Kid", October 15th, 1965; "St. Louis Blues", April 7th, 1958; "Hi-De-Ho", May 9th, 1947; "Stormy Weather", November 17th, 1943; "International House", May 27th, 1933; and "The Big Broadcast", October 14th, 1932.

Before his death by stroke on November 18th, 1994, he was fortunate enough to have had 4 daughters; Cabella Langsam, Eulalia Tyson, Chris Calloway, and Camay Murphy. Cabella Langsam became the first board president of the "Cab Calloway School of the Arts". Cab Calloway died at the age of 86, which gave rising artist's a chance in the spot light. None the less, Cab Calloway's popularity never would, nor will it deminish within the public eye.

He will always be remembered as one of the greatest renaissance artists to have ever emerged, and as the man that rose the bar, then raised it some more :)

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Minnie The Moocher, Cab Calloway


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