- NAME: Cab Calloway
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: December 25, 1907
- DEATH DATE: November 18, 1994
- Did You Know?: In the early 1930s, Cab Calloway's onstage moves were captured by animators who put him in several Betty Boop cartoons, including one called Minnie the Moocher.
- EDUCATION: Crane College (now Malcolm X College)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Rochester, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Hockessin, Delaware
- Full Name: Cabell Calloway III
- AKA: Cabell Calloway
- AKA: Cab Calloway
- Nickname: King of Hi-De-Ho
- Nickname: Hi-De-Ho Man
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Singer Cab Calloway became a star with his performances at the Cotton Club and his song "Minnie the Moocher" (1931). He also appeared on stage and in films.
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In that show, he portrayed Sportin' Life, a character Calloway himself had reportedly inspired George Gershwin to create. Calloway took other onstage roles over the years, including the male lead in a 1967 production of Hello Dolly!,
whose all-black cast also featured Pearl Bailey.
Calloway introduced himself to new fans by appearing on Sesame Street and in Janet Jackson's 1990 music video for "Alright," and shared his life story in an autobiography, Of Minnie the Moocher and Me (1976). He also made more big screen appearances, most notably in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers. During the film, Calloway put on his trademark white tie and tails and performed "Minnie the Moocher" once again.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton presented Calloway with a National Medal of the Arts. Calloway's later years were spent in White Plains, New York, until he had a stroke in June 1994. He then moved to a nursing home in Hockessin, Delaware, where he died on November 18, 1994, at the age of 86.
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