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Cab Calloway

One of the great entertainers, Cab Calloway was a household name by 1932, and never really declined in fame. A talented jazz singer and a superior scatter, Calloway's gyrations and showmanship on-stage at the Cotton Club sometimes overshadowed the quality of his always excellent bands. The younger brother of singer Blanche Calloway (who made some fine records before retiring in the mid-'30s), Cab grew up in Baltimore, attended law school briefly, and then quit to try to make it as a singer and a dancer. For a time, he headed the Alabamians, but the band was not strong enough to make it in New York. The Missourians, an excellent group that had previously recorded heated instrumentals but had fallen upon hard times, worked out much better. Calloway worked in the 1929 revue Hot Chocolates, started recording in 1930, and in 1931 hit it big with both "Minnie the Moocher" and his regular engagement at the Cotton Club. Calloway was soon (along with Bill Robinson, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington) the best-known black entertainer of the era. He appeared in quite a few movies (including 1943's Stormy Weather), and "Minnie the Moocher" was followed by such recordings as "Kicking the Gong Around," "Reefer Man," "Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day," "You Gotta Hi-De-Ho," "The Hi-De-Ho Miracle Man," and even "Mister Paganini, Swing for Minnie." Among Calloway's sidemen through the years (who received among the highest salaries in the business) were Walter "Foots" Thomas, Bennie Payne, Doc Cheatham, Eddie Barefield, Shad Collins, Cozy Cole, Danny Barker, Milt Hinton, Mario Bauza, Chu Berry, Dizzy Gillespie, Jonah Jones, Tyree Glenn, Panama Francis, and Ike Quebec. His 1942 recording of "Blues in the Night" was a big hit.

With the end of the big band era, Calloway had to reluctantly break up his orchestra in 1948, although he continued to perform with his Cab Jivers. Since George Gershwin had originally modeled the character Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess after Calloway, it was fitting that Cab got to play him in a 1950s version. Throughout the rest of his career, Calloway made special appearances for fans who never tired of hearing him sing "Minnie the Moocher." ~ Scott Yanow
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Anthology (Remastered)

1. The Scat Song

2. Minnie The Moocher

4. Basin Street Blues

5. Is That Religion?

6. The Man From Harlem

7. Minnie The Moocher Wedding Day

8. Penguin Swing

9. Jive

10. Harlem Camp Meeting

11. Chinese Rhythm

12. A Minor Breakdown

13. The Conco Conga

14. Mis Hallelujah Brown

15. Do You Wanna Jump, Children?

16. Ad-De-Dey

17. Floogie Walk

18. Crescendo In Drums

19. I Ain't Getting' Nowhere Fast

20. Chop Chop Charlie Chain

21. Come On With The Come On

22. Bye-Bye Blues

23. Jonah Joins The Cab

24. Special Delivery

25. Hey Doc

26. The Honeydripper

27. Russian Lullaby (Intro)

28. Two Blocks Down, Turn To The Left

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Beale Street Mama

2. Father's Got His Glasses On

3. Harlem Camp Meeting

4. Harlem Hospitality

5. Hot Water

6. Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz

7. Jitter Bug

8. Kickin' The Gong Around

9. The Lady With The Fan

10. Little Town Girl

11. Long About Midnight

12. Margie

13. Minnie The Moocher

14. Moonglow

15. Old Yazoo

16. The Scat Song

17. There's A Cabin In The Cotton

18. Zaz, Zuh, Zaz

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Track List: Those Were the Days; Big Band Hero

1. Minnie the Moocher

2. St Louis Blues

3. Sweet Georgia Brown

4. Mood Indigo

5. You Rascal You

6. Dinah

7. The Scat Song

8. Blues in My Heart

9. Bugle Call Rag

10. Aw You Dog

11. St James Infirmary

12. Nobody's Sweetheart

13. Six or Seven Times

14. Between the Devil Ans the Deep Blue Sea

15. Minnie the Moochers Wedding Day

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Track List: Making Rhythm

4. Ive Got The World On A String

6. St James Infirmary

7. Nobodys Sweetheart

10. Wake Up And Live

11. Mama I Wanna Make Rhythm

12. Swing Swing Swing

14. Beale Street Mama

16. Man From Harlem

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Track List: Moonglow Vol 2

2. Jive

3. Pluckin' The Bass

4. Come On With The Come On

5. A Ghost Of A Chance

6. Bye Bye Blues

7. Lonesome Nights

8. Willow Weep For Me

10. Jonah Joins The Cab

11. Take The A Train

12. Tappin Off

13. A Smooth One

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Track List: Moonglow Vol 1

1. St Louis Blues

2. Minnie The Moocher

3. Bugle Call Rag

4. Trickeration

5. Kickin' The Gong Around

6. Hot Toddy

7. Harlem Lamp Meeting

8. The Scat Song

9. Long About Midnight

10. Moon Glow

11. Jitterbug

12. Margie

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Track List: Cab Calloway - Thirty Thru Forty

1. Beale Street Mama

2. The Man From Harlem

3. Evenin'

4. The Lady With The Fan

5. Long About Midnight

6. Moonglow

7. Jitter Bug

8. Margie

9. The Honeydripper

10. Hey Now, Hey Now

11. The Hi-De-Ho Man

12. Oh Grandpa!

13. The Jungle King

14. Two Blocks Down Turn Left

15. San Francisco Fan

16. The Calloway Boogie

17. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House

18. I Beeped When I Shoulda Bopped

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Track List: Hep Cats And Cool Jive

1. Minnie The Moocher

2. Hard Times

3. Boog It

6. Limehouse Blues

7. Fifteen Minute Intermission

8. Stormy Weather

9. That Old Black Magic

10. The Scat Song

13. This Is Always

15. We The Cats Shall Hep You

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Track List: Are You Hep To The Jive?

1. Boo-Wah Boo-Wah

2. Are You All Reet?

3. Hey Now, Hey Now

4. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House

5. Are You Hep To The Jive?

6. The Calloway Boogie

7. Hep Cat's Love Song

8. Papa's In Bed With His Britches On

9. What's Buzzin Cousin

10. Twee-Twee-Tweet

11. Come On With The Come On

12. Chant Of The Jungle

13. I Want To Rock

14. Oh! Gram'pa

15. The Jungle King

16. Don't Falter At The Alter

17. Who's Yehoodi?

18. A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird

19. Tarzan Of Harlem

20. Minnie The Moocher

21. Boog It

22. Foo A Little Bally-Hoo

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Track List: Cab Calloway Featuring Chu Berry

1. She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Terrific (78rpm Version)

2. Go South, Young Man (78rpm Version)

3. Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm (78rpm Version)

4. Queen Isabella (78rpm Version)

5. Savage Rhythm

6. Bugle Blues (78rpm Version)

7. A Minor Breakdown

8. Foolin' With You

9. Peck-A-Doodle-Do (78rpm Version)

10. Hoy-Hoy

11. Do You Wanna Jump Children? (78rpm Version)

12. Ad-De-Dey

13. Floogie Walk

14. Trylon Swing (78rpm Version)

15. Utt-Da-Zay (That's The Way)

16. Crescendo In Drums (78rpm Version)

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Track List: The Chronological Cab Calloway & His Orchestra: 1931 - 1932

1. It Looks Like Susie

2. Sweet Georgia Brown

3. Basin Street Blues

4. Bugle Call Rag

5. You Rascal You

6. Stardust

7. You Can't Stop Me From Lovin' You

8. You Dog

9. Somebody Stole My Gal

10. Ain't No Gal In This Town

11. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

12. Trickeration

13. Kickin' The Gong Around

14. Down Hearted Blues

15. Without Rhythm

16. Corinne Corinna

17. Stack O'Lee Blues

18. The Scat Song

19. Cabin In The Cotton

20. Strictly Cullud Affair

21. Aw You Dawg

22. Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day

23. Dinah

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Track List: Best Of The Big Bands

1. Minnie The Moocher (Theme Song)

2. Beale Street Mama

3. Angeline

4. Bye Bye Blues

5. Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day

6. Dinah

7. Wake Up And Live

8. Pickin' The Cabbage

9. You Gotta Ho-Di-Ho

10. Reefer Man

11. The Jumpin' Jive

12. Manhattan Jam

13. I Gotta Go Places And Do Things

14. Eadie Was A Lady

15. Take The 'A' Train

16. F.D.R. Jones

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Track List: The King Of Hi-De-Ho

1. St. Louis Blues

2. Some Of These Days

3. Nobody's Sweetheart

4. Minnie The Moocher

5. Black Rhythm

6. Six Or Seven Times

7. Bugle Call Rag

8. You Rascal You

9. Aw You Dog

10. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

11. Trickeration

12. Kickin' The Gong Around

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Track List: Hi De Ho Man

1. Nagasaki

2. Hoy Hoy (78rpm Version)

3. Jumpin Jive

4. Abi Gezunt

5. Fifteen Minute Intermission

6. A Chicken Ain't Nothing But A Bird

7. My Gal

8. St. James Infirmary

9. I Want To Rock

10. I'll Be Around

11. Minnie The Moocher (Theme Song)

12. The Honeydripper

13. Hey Now, Hey Now

14. Hi De Ho Man

15. Oh Grandpa

16. The Jungle King

17. Two Blocks Down, Turn To The Left

18. San Francisco Fan

19. The Calloway Boogie

20. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House

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shaydeegrove
Uncle, auntie, he's still got on his panty

Papa's in bed with his britches on
(Repeat)

Early this mornin' about five o'clock
Papa nearly brought down the entire block
The folks cross the hall put the key in the lock
When he feel in the door he was steeped to his socks

Papa's in bed with his britches on
(Repeat)
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shaydeegrove
Send for the doctor hurry quick
Cause papa's in the bedroom deathly sick
Don't tell the neigbors what its all about
He tried the drink up all the liquor and it knocked him out

Mama, mama, mama, hurry mama hurry

Papa's in bed with his britches on
(Repeat)

Sister, brother, run and tell poor mother

Papa's in bed with his britches on
(Repeat)

Late this mornin' bout a half-past ten
Old pops come fallin in
Lipstick on his cheek and a knot on his chin
No hat no shoes, just a belly full o' gin

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Written by Lovin Sam Theard :)
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Acecab I took my dad in my uncle to see cousin Cab at Valley Forge Music Fair before it closed. We did go back stage to see our cousin he was great.
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rousehouse15 4
A true Classic..... b u t NOT New Orleans Jazz
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boogiespeed
there will never be another...he was just THE BEST..... w.o.w.
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For 5 minutes of the best entertainmen t EVER, check out the Jumpin' Jive scene in Stormy Weather. https://yout u . b e / _ 8 y G G t V K r D 8
Between the ace big band jazz, Cab's masterful vocals/scatt i n g , and the Nicholas Brothers' dancing, it's impossible to keep your jaw off the floor.
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Loved him in the Blues Brothers
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Cab was a remarkable talent in a great era...way ahead of his time!
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Wonder how this would go over today in our over sensitive society?
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Like yl have someone to dance with buggwiggey
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mlvpa69lan
Love to have a zoot suit
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mlvpa69lan
Cab Galloway great singer love this kind of music
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spencersmith 3 9 0 1
I saw Cab live in Raleigh, NC in the 1980s; he appeared at the NCSU Stewart Theater along with his quintet...he recalled for the audience that night how his orchestra and Ben Bernie's orchestra had opened Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh over 50 years earlier, with Bernie playing from 11:00 PM and Cab starting at 2:00 AM! Those must have been the days...
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Cab C, C'mon. The best, I'm 42yrs of age. My mother would sing his songs to me as a child. My fav has always been ain't nobody here but us chickens lol!! That and of course everything he did along with the Nicole's Brothers. To this day arguably the best tap dancing trio to ever bless the big screen.
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fatcake9
I had the privilege to be friends with his grandson while he was alive. Julie if you ever read this I hope you and the kids are doing well! I miss that dude... -Patrick
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It's cool to chill and blast some tunes my mom an dad were diggin! Damn. I'm. 61 So you know. Cab ain't ever gunna fade away!!!
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Great voice and great ENTERTAINER! I don't think he gets nearly the credit he deserves for his influence on modern music and performance. If you watch video of him, you're as enthralled as audiences 80 years ago must have been.
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:) timeless.
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Cab is one of the best
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Only Cab can Scat like That! HEY NOW!
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I saw cab late in his life at the Montreal jazz festival he was out in the place des arts before his show it was my closest brush with greatness
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Betty Boop!
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lastgasp61
No lyrics for Are you hep to the jive?
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alicia_copel a n d
Years ago, my Mom and I were watching an old movie on TV when Cab Calloway came on all dressed in white and performed. My Mom told me how she had seen him live back in the '30's or '40's. As an adult, years after my mother died, I sat with my husband and friends at the Long Beach Jazz Festival and out on the stage came Cab Calloway, all dressed in white, and he belted out numbers with as strong a voice as I remember from the movie. What a remarkable career! Wish my Mom could have been with me.
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hilaire_myse l f . c o m
Call me A CAB!!
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lastgasp61
Look 9in the fendel Mendel, Have a bagel Fagel INDEED
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Time to go see Red Tails and revisit hard times for even famous African Americans. Then, look at today's election coverage and see how far, if at all, we have come.
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yeah thanks to government regulation in the war era, the fabric rationing put a halt to zoot suits
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erica_trejo1 9
i love cab calloway!!!
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The bio forgot his raising the orphaned Jake and Elwood Blues,,,,,
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One of the TRUE greats. Love this guy! We just dont see talent and performances of that same caliber anymore.
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Don't forget his appearance in the Blues Brothers movie
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jblank4
Total badass!
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Cab is the shizznit
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bdmiller10
Amazing... another time... some serious artistry and collaboratio n . . . We're talking SKILLS here...
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he is freakin beastly!!!!! <3
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beans and cornbread had a fight
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the best entertainer of the 30s and the 40s!!!!!!!!! !
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♥♥♥
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Just wish I could go back in time and attend one of his concerts. What an experience that must have been!
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HI-DE-HO Mother F*&k$rs!
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martin.barri e
Cab!! say no more
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soundmanvide o
forget the suit, the Blues Brothers was cool, yes...but the mans TALENT? awesome, amazing, remarkable.. . . we are but mere mortals to his abilities... .
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I can't believe they forgot to mention his appearance in The Blues Brothers...
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I have my zoot suit!!!!!
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Zesty sent me an E-mail address to order a zoot suit shander1, thanks Zesty!!!!
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shandler1
Zoot suits pretty much have to be custom ordered, nowdays.
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I'm serious...wh e r e do I get a zoot suit??????
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I dig this wild stuff man!
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