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Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway

1907 - 1994

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Vocal

Genres: Big Band, Swing

Band leader, singer, comedian, song-and-dance man: Cab Calloway was a man of many hats. The colourful performer first made a name for himself in the early 1930s at Harlem's famed Cotton Club, where he played with his big band and shared the bill with Duke Ellington. In 1931, Calloway then hit it big with the single Minnie the Moocher. In the 1950s, with the big band era slowly coming to an end, the artist tried his luck on Broadway, where he played in a number of productions. An exuberant character who carried on performing well into his eighties, Calloway paid the Festival a memorable visit back in 1991.


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