History Music / CabCalloway

20th Nov '16 1:46:30 AM tenryufan
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* RevivalByCommercialization: His performance in ''TheBluesBrothers'' may just have been what saved him from becoming just another forgotten Jazz singer from the 1930's in the eyes of modern audiences, and especially in the 1980's.
16th Nov '16 11:25:56 AM DrNoPuma
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His impact on today's popular music reaches deep. In his own words; "You see this rapping they're doing today, I did that 25, 35, 45, 55 years ago!" Indeed, even the rotoscoped animations of his dance moves done for BettyBoop cartoons in the 1930's show him doing the moonwalk some 50 years before Music/MichaelJackson would make it popular.

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His impact on today's popular music reaches deep. In his own words; "You see this rapping they're doing today, I did that 25, 35, 45, 55 years ago!" Indeed, even the rotoscoped animations of his dance moves done for BettyBoop WesternAnimation/BettyBoop cartoons in the 1930's show him doing the moonwalk some 50 years before Music/MichaelJackson would make it popular.



Modern audiences probably know him best for his performance of ''Minnie the Moocher'', his most popular song, in the 1980 movie ''TheBluesBrothers''. In his prime he was best known for performing at The Cotton Club in Harlem during [[TheThirties the 1930's.]] He was among the first African-American celebrities in an age when performers in blackface were still the norm, breaking new barriers and paving the way for nearly every black performer to come.

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Modern audiences probably know him best for his performance of ''Minnie the Moocher'', his most popular song, in the 1980 movie ''TheBluesBrothers''.''Film/TheBluesBrothers''. In his prime he was best known for performing at The Cotton Club in Harlem during [[TheThirties the 1930's.]] He was among the first African-American celebrities in an age when performers in blackface were still the norm, breaking new barriers and paving the way for nearly every black performer to come.


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* CreepyJazzMusic: Some of his songs are somewhat haunting, such as "Minnie the Moocher". Especially notable when paired with the DerangedAnimation of the ''Betty Boop'' cartoons he appeared in.
3rd Oct '16 3:02:25 PM jamespolk
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* AsHimself: Appears in the all-black musical ''Film/StormyWeather'' as the friend of the fictional character played by Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
16th Sep '16 5:18:36 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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*** The Oogie Boogie Man from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' was inspired by Cab Calloway -- complete with his villain song having near-direct recreations of parts of the Cab Calloway/Fleischer toon ''The Old Man of the Mountain''.
*** {{Music/Voltaire}} is a big Cab Calloway fan, and many of the songs from his album ''Ooky Spooky'' are an homage to Cab's style.
*** Music/DannyElfman, of all people, performed a Calloway-inspired number in the ultra-weird ''Film/ForbiddenZone''
*** And ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' memorably included a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ_R8QBeYvs cover]] of "Minnie the Moocher." "Hoo-de hoo-de hoo, sir..."

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*** ** The Oogie Boogie Man from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' was inspired by Cab Calloway -- complete with his villain song having near-direct recreations of parts of the Cab Calloway/Fleischer toon ''The Old Man of the Mountain''.
*** ** {{Music/Voltaire}} is a big Cab Calloway fan, and many of the songs from his album ''Ooky Spooky'' are an homage to Cab's style.
*** ** Music/DannyElfman, of all people, performed a Calloway-inspired number in the ultra-weird ''Film/ForbiddenZone''
*** ** And ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' memorably included a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ_R8QBeYvs cover]] of "Minnie the Moocher." "Hoo-de hoo-de hoo, sir..."
23rd Aug '16 6:26:55 PM nombretomado
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** Except for [[{{Airplane}} Barbara Billingsly, of course.]]

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** Except for [[{{Airplane}} [[Film/{{Airplane}} Barbara Billingsly, of course.]]
30th Jul '16 1:11:20 PM nombretomado
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*** DannyElfman, of all people, performed a Calloway-inspired number in the ultra-weird ''Film/ForbiddenZone''

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*** DannyElfman, Music/DannyElfman, of all people, performed a Calloway-inspired number in the ultra-weird ''Film/ForbiddenZone''
25th Feb '16 8:14:38 PM MasoTey
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* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Cab Calloway did a cover of "Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Told Me)" in which he sings about how his mother told him that women are 'two-faced' and will leave him to sing the blues. The odd thing about this version is his mother bashing her own gender, when in the original the mother warns the singer of the dangers of men.
1st Jan '16 12:16:47 PM Morgenthaler
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->''"During the '40s they used to say that I had 40 suits and 40 pairs of shoes. It ain't true. [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I had 50 suits and 50 pairs of shoes and 50 pairs of pearl-gray gloves too!]]"''

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->''"During the '40s they used to say that I had 40 suits and 40 pairs of shoes. It ain't true. [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I had 50 suits and 50 pairs of shoes and 50 pairs of pearl-gray gloves too!]]"''too!"''
14th Nov '15 4:39:39 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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-> ''"During the '40s they used to say that I had 40 suits and 40 pairs of shoes. It ain't true. [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I had 50 suits and 50 pairs of shoes and 50 pairs of pearl-gray gloves too!]]"''

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-> ''"During ->''"During the '40s they used to say that I had 40 suits and 40 pairs of shoes. It ain't true. [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I had 50 suits and 50 pairs of shoes and 50 pairs of pearl-gray gloves too!]]"''
14th Nov '15 4:39:33 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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--> ''"During the '40s they used to say that I had 40 suits and 40 pairs of shoes. It ain't true. [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I had 50 suits and 50 pairs of shoes and 50 pairs of pearl-gray gloves too!]]"''
--->--'''Cab Calloway'''

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--> -> ''"During the '40s they used to say that I had 40 suits and 40 pairs of shoes. It ain't true. [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I had 50 suits and 50 pairs of shoes and 50 pairs of pearl-gray gloves too!]]"''
--->--'''Cab -->-- '''Cab Calloway'''
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