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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 25 December 1907Rochester, New York, USA
Date of Death 18 November 1994Hockessin, Delaware, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameCabell Calloway III
Nickname The "King of Hi-De-Ho"
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 throughout the US, and making many records. He joined the cast of the touring company of "Porgy and Bess", which performed across the USA and Europe between 1952 and 1954. When that ended, he founded a quartet. Joining ASCAP in 1942, he collaborated musically with Jack Palmer, Buck Ram, Andy Gibson, Clarence Gaskill, Irving Mills and Paul Mills. His other popular song compositions include "Lady With the Fan", "Zaz Zuh Zaz", "Chinese Rhythm", "Are You In Love With Me Again?", "That Man's Here Again", "Peck-A-Doodle-Doo", "I Like Music", "Rustle of Swing", "Three Swings and Out", "The Jumpin' Jive", "Boog It", "Come on with the Come-on", "Silly Old Moon", "Sunset", "Rhapsody in Rhumba", "Are You All Reet?", "Hi-De-Ho Man", "Levee Lullaby", "Let's Go, Joe", "Geechy Joe", and "Hot Air".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Hup234!

Spouse (2)

Zulme "Nuffie" MacNeal (7 October 1949 - 18 November 1994) (his death)
Wenonah "Betty" Conacher (26 July 1928 - 17 October 1948) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

White tuxedo

Trivia (10)

He recorded "Minnie the Moocher". The record was the first jazz album to sell a million copies. [March 1931]
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.
Father of singer/actress Chris Calloway.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1987.
Former bandleader of the famous Harlem Cotton Club in the 30s
Cab Calloway School of the Arts opened in 1992 in Wilmington Delaware, was named after him.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1993 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Was the inspiration for the character of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
The oldest featured actor to appear in The Blues Brothers (1980), Calloway outlived co-stars'John Candy' by more than 4 months and John Belushi by better than 12 years and 7 months.
Father-in-law of Rupert Crosse.

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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