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Cab Calloway (1907–1994)

Bandleader, songwriter ("Minnie the Moocher", "Are You Hep to That Jive?"), composer, singer, actor and author, educated at Crane College. While studying law, he sang with the band The Alabamians, and took over the group in 1928. He led The Missourians orchestra, then organized and led his own orchestra, playing at hotels, theaters and nightclubs ... See full bio »

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 2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Blood at the Wheel (2013) ... (performer: "Minnie The Moocher" written by nm0130572, nm0309126 & nm0590030)
 2007-2013 Family Guy (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Finders Keepers (2013) ... (writer: "Minnie the Moocher")
- Blue Harvest (2007) ... (writer: "Minnie The Moocher" - uncredited)
 2013 Magic Magic (performer: "Minnie the moocher") / (writer: "Minnie the moocher")
 2009-2011 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Round Ten: The Finals (2011) ... (writer: "Minnie the Moocher")
- Round One: Results Show (2009) ... (writer: "Calloway Boogie" - uncredited)
 2010 Rio Sex Comedy (performer: "St. James Infirmary Blues")
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Blues in the Night")
 2009 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 12 Perform (2009) ... (writer: "Minnie the Moocher")
 2009 My Music: The Big Band Years (TV Movie) (performer: "Minnie the Moocher") / (writer: "Minnie the Moocher")
 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (performer: "WAH DEE DAH")
 2006 Idlewild (performer: "The Nightmare", "Moonglow", "Kickin' the Gong Around")
 2005 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton (2005) ... (as C. Calloway, "Jitterbug", "Mr. Hepster's Dictionary", "Make Yourself at Home") / (performer: "Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz", "Jitterbug", "At the Clambake Carnival", "Mr. Hepster's Dictionary", "Willow Weep for Me", "Copper Colored Gal", "Make Yourself at Home")
  Carnivàle (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2003 - 2005) (performer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Old Cherry Blossom Road (2005) ... (performer: "Minnie the Moocher" - uncredited) / (writer: "Minnie the Moocher" - uncredited)
- Babylon (2003) ... (writer: "Minnie the Moocher" - uncredited)
 2004 Keisarikunta (writer: "Minnie The Moocher")
  Ed (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Frankie (2003) ... (performer: "Everybody Eats When They Come To My House") / (writer: "Everybody Eats When They Come To My House")
 2000 The Crew (performer: "Everybody Eats When They Come to My House")
 2000 Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "The Jumpin' Jive") / (writer: "The Jumpin' Jive")
 1997 In Praise of Older Women (performer: "I'Ll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal, You")
 1994 The Mask (writer: "Hi De Ho")
 1993 Boxing Helena (performer: "YOU'RE NOBODY 'TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU")
 1992 Split Second (performer: "That Old Black Magic")
 1991 Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection (Video) (performer: "Minnie the Moocher") / (writer: "Minnie the Moocher" - as Calloway)
 1990 Look Who's Talking Too (performer: "Minnie The Moocher") / (writer: "Minnie The Moocher")
 1984 The Cotton Club (lyrics: "Minnie The Moocher") / (music: "Minnie The Moocher")
 1980 The Blues Brothers (performer: "MINNIE THE MOOCHER", "JAILHOUSE ROCK" (uncredited)) / (writer: "MINNIE THE MOOCHER")
 1980 Forbidden Zone (performer: "Some of These Days") / (writer: "Squeezit the Moocher" - as Calloway)
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (performer: "Zaz Zuh Zaz" (1933)) / (writer: "Zaz Zuh Zaz" (1933))
 1969 The Devil's Joint (Documentary) (performer: "Reefer Man")
 1969 That Girl (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- My Part Belongs to Daddy (1969) ... (writer: "Minnie the Moocher" - uncredited)
 1968 Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.9 (1968) ... (writer: "The Jumpin' Jive" - uncredited)
 1964 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #17.21 (1964) ... (performer: "St. James Infirmary", "Ol' Man River" - uncredited)
 1956 Basin Street Revue (performer: "Calloway Boogie" - uncredited) / (writer: "Calloway Boogie" - uncredited)
 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue (Documentary) (performer: "Minnie The Moocher") / (writer: "Minnie The Moocher")
  Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes) (music - 1 episode)
- Variety Time ... (music: "Minnie the Moocher") / (performer: "Minnie the Moocher")
- Jazz Time ... (performer: "I Can't Give You Anything but Love")
- Beale Street Revue ... (performer: "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)", "St. James Infirmary Blues")
- Basin Street Revue ... (performer: "Calloway Boogie")
 1946 Dixieland Jamboree (Short) (writer: "Frisco Flo")
 1945 We the Cats Shall Hep Ya (Short) (performer: "We the Cats Shall Hep Ya") / (writer: "We the Cats Shall Hep Ya")
 1945 Blowtop Blues (Short) (performer: "Blowtop Blues")
 1945 I Was Here When You Left Me (Short) (performer: "I Was Here When You Left Me (I'll Be Here When You Get Back)")
 1945 Foo a Little Bally-Hoo (Short) (performer: "Foo a Little Bally-Hoo") / (writer: "Foo a Little Bally-Hoo")
 1945 Walking with My Honey (Short) (performer: "I'll Be Walking with My Honey (Soon, Soon, Soon)")
 1944 Swooner Crooner (Short) (performer: "Blues in the Night" - uncredited)
 1943 Stormy Weather ("There's No Two Ways About Love" (1943), uncredited) / (writer: "Rhythm Cocktail", "Geechy Joe" (1940), "The Jumpin' Jive" (1939) - uncredited)
 1942 Minnie the Moocher (Short) (performer: "Minnie the Moocher") / (writer: "Minnie the Moocher")
 1942 Blues in the Night (Short) (performer: "Blues in the Night")
 1942 The Skunk Song (Short) (performer: "The Skunk Song")
 1942 Virginia, Georgia and Caroline (Short) (performer: "Virginia, Georgia and Caroline") / (writer: "Virginia, Georgia and Caroline")
 1938 Straight Place and Show (writer: "Hi De Ho" - uncredited)
 1938 Meet the Maestros (Short) (performer: "Zaz Zuh Zaz") / (writer: "Zaz Zuh Zaz")
 1937 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (performer: "Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm" - uncredited) / (writer: "Minnie the Moocher" - uncredited)
 1937 Hi De Ho (Short) (performer: "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" (1932), "Hi-De-Ho Miracle Man" (1936), "Frisco Flo" (1936), "Some of These Days" - uncredited)
 1937 When You're in Love (music: "Minnie the Moocher")
 1936 The Singing Kid ("I Love to Sing-a", "You're the Cure for What Ails Me") / (lyrics: "You Gotta Have That Hi-Di-Ho in Your Soul" - uncredited) / (music: "You Gotta Have That Hi-Di-Ho in Your Soul" - uncredited) / (performer: "I Love to Sing-a", "The Swingin'est Man in Town", "Save Me, Sister", "You Gotta Have That Hi-Di-Ho in Your Soul" (uncredited))
 1936 The Old Mill Pond (Short) (performer: "Kickin' the Gong Around" - uncredited)
 1935 Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party (Short) (lyrics: "Jitter Bug" - uncredited) / (performer: "Jitter Bug", "Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz", "'Long About Midnight" - uncredited)
 1934 Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho (Short) (lyrics: "Lady with the Fan" - uncredited) / (performer: "Zaz Zuh Zaz", "Lady with the Fan", "I Love a Parade" - uncredited) / (writer: "Zaz Zuh Zaz" - uncredited)
 1934 Betty Boop's Rise to Fame (Short) (performer: "OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN" - uncredited)
 1933 Meet the Baron (writer: "Hi De Ho" - uncredited)
 1933 The Old Man of the Mountain (Short) (performer: "OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN")
 1933 International House (performer: "Reefer Man" (1932) - uncredited)
 1933 Snow-White (Short) (performer: "St. James Infirmary Blues")
 1932 The Big Broadcast (performer: "Minnie the Moocher") / (writer: "Minnie the Moocher")
 1932 Minnie the Moocher (Short) (performer: "MINNIE THE MOOCHER") / (writer: "MINNIE THE MOOCHER")
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Sportin' Life") in a concert performance of "Porgy and Bess" in Atlanta, Georgia. Also featured was the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 5 Portrayals | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Cab Calloway and His Band


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

The only difference between a black entertainer and a white entertainer is that my ass has been kicked a lot more and a lot harder because it's black.


Scored two notable Broadway successes: In George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" (1952), opposite Leontyne Price and William Warfield, and "Hello, Dolly!" (1967), opposite Pearl Bailey and daughter Chris Calloway. See more »


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The "King of Hi-De-Ho"

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