Cab Calloway

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Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933
Background information
Birth name Cabell Calloway III
Born December 25, 1907(1907-12-25)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Died November 18, 1994(1994-11-18) (aged 86)
Hockessin, Delaware, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician, songwriter, actor
Instruments Voice
Website http://www.cabcallowayllc.com

Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz musician and actor. He was famous for his "scat" style singing. He was the leader of one of the most famous big bands in the 1930s and 1940s. Calloway's band featured many famous musicians including Dizzy Gillespie.

In 1931 he recorded his most famous song, '"Minnie the Moocher."'

In his later career Calloway became a popular actor in movies and stage shows. In 1980 he acted and sang in the movie "The Blues Brothers." In the movie he sang "Minnie the Moocher." He sang the song "The Jumpin' Jive" on the famous children's TV show Sesame Street.

In May 1994, Calloway suffered a stroke. He died six months later on November 18, 1994.

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Cab Calloway, 1947