Cab Calloway (Author of Of Minnie the Moocher & Me)
Cab Calloway Biography
He learned the art of scat singing before landing a regular gig at Harlem's famous Cotton Club. Following the enormous success of his song "Minnie the Moocher" , Calloway became one of the most popular entertainers of the s and '40s. He appeared on stage and in films before his death in , at age 86, in Hockessin, Delaware. Cab Calloway regularly performed at Harlem's segregated Cotton Club during the s, slowly changing the way that African-Americans were seen by the public. In , Calloway got a gig at Harlem's famed Cotton Club.
Cab Calloway was a famous singer and bandleader in , and some 60 years later, he is still going strong. When he was six his family moved to Baltimore , Maryland , where his father practiced law and sold real estate. Cab had other ideas, however. His older sister had found work singing with a show in Chicago , and he appealed to her for advice. He was still in his teens. Calloway himself gives as the year his career began. By that time he had become a talented drummer, and he secured a position with the Sunset Cafe orchestra in Chicago.