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Calloway, Cab (1907–1994)

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CALLOWAY, CAB (1907–1994). Bandleader, singer, actor. As one of the premiere entertainers of all time, Cab Calloway rose to prominence during the 1930s. Born in Rochester, New York, on Christmas Day, he was performing at the world famous Cotton Club by the age of 22. His band alternated with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and it was during this time that he wrote and recorded his signature song, “Minnie the Moocher.” Calloway was featured with his band in such musical films as Hi-De-Ho , 1935; The Big Broadcast , 1932; International House , 1933; and Stormy Weather , 1943. As an actor, Calloway portrayed the character of Blade the nightclub owner in St. Louis Blues , 1958, with Nat King Cole and Eartha Kitt. His last film performance was in The Blues Brothers , 1980. On the Broadway stage, he played Sportin’ Life in a revival of Porgy and Bess , and appeared with Pearl Bailey in a revival of Hello, Dolly . Other songs written and composed by Calloway include “Hi De Ho Man,” “Lady with the Fan,” “Geechie Joe,” “The Jumpin’ Jive,” and “Are You Hep to that Jive?”

Filmography: International House , 1933; Hi-De-Ho , 1935; Manhattan Merry-Go-Round , 1937; Stormy Weather , 1943; Sensations of 1945 , 1944; St. Louis Blues , 1958; The Cincinnati Kid , 1965; The Littlest Angel , 1969; The Blues Brothers , 1980.

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