• 1930
  • 1940
  • 1950
  • 1960
  • 1970
  • 1980

1930

Cab records his signature song “Minnie the Moocher”, the first musical recording by a black artist to sell 1 million records.
Cab and his band become among of the first black performers to tour the US South and Europe.
Cab stars in numerous film productions including Al Jolson’s “The Singing Kid” and Max Fleischer Betty Boop animations.

1940

Cab popularizes the zoot suit with his performance in “Stormy Weather”, one of the first films to feature an all-black cast.
Cab publishes the “Hepster’s Dictionary”, the first known literary collection of Harlem slang terminology.
Cab tours Cuba and experiments with Cuban Jazz and singing in Spanish.

1950

Cab performs on Broadway, as well as Paris and London, in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” as Sportin’ Life, a character Gershwin originally wrote for Cab in the 1930s.
Cab tours South America three times with smaller bands.
Cab stars in the film St. Louis Blues with Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Ruby Dee, and Pearl Bailey.

1960

Cab returns to Broadway in the all-black revue of “Hello Dolly"
Cab performs on the Ed Sullivan Show with his daughter, vocalist Chris Calloway.
Cab performs as the halftime show for the Harlem Globetrotters.

1970

Cab gives a lesson on Jive and counts with The Count on Sesame Street.
Cab co-writes his autobiography “Of Minnie the Moocher and Me”.
Cab performs at Nice, Newport and North Sea jazz festivals.

1980

Cab stars in the cult classic film “The Blues Brothers”.
Cab appears in Janet Jackson’s “Alright” video wearing a classic yellow zoot suit.
Cab continues to tour the US and Europe.

Prince was a groovy hep cat, yeah man!
Justin swings the crowd in some ready threads!
Travis muggin’ lightly in sharp drapes, mellow Jack!
Elvis gammin’ in the groove.
Jaden rides the riff in the icon tradition
Bruno breaking it up on the main kick!
Queens of the Stone Age togged to the bricks!
  • Prince

    Prince with the spin moves and splits, yeah man!
  • Bruno

    Bruno has that solid footwork!
  • Elvis

    Elvis gammin' in the groove.
  • Justin T

    Justin knew how to swing the crowd!
  • Travis

    Travis muggin’ lightly in sharp drapes, mellow Jack!
  • Jaden

    Jaden glides in the icon tradition
  • QOSTA

    Queens of the Stone Age togged to the bricks!

Cab at the Smithsonian

Cab Calloway’s personal film in Haiti featured in Smithsonian’s NMAAHC Great Migration Home Movie Project .

Cab Wins Lifetime Grammy

Bacharach, Band and Calloway receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy

Alive Inside

Cab Calloway’s music helps clear the fog of dementia in Sundance award winning documentary “Alive Inside”

Cab inspires King Dice

Animated character King Dice from “Cuphead” heavily based on Cab Calloway

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