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Trivia / Cab Calloway

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    • Most of the swing bands out during the swing revival of the 1990's did at least one. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy did a cover of Minnie the Moocher, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers did a music video much like the old Fleisher cartoons Cab appeared in, complete with the lead singer doing Cab's dance moves at the beginning.
    • One of the rooster caricatures in the Merrie Melodies cartoon "Swooner Crooner" is a black rooster resembling Calloway, who sings "Blues in the Night" with a "HI-DE-HIIIIIIIII!"
      • Quite a few WB cartoons had Calloway references, but you're not likely to see them as they often were Blackface gags (except for the aforementioned "Swooner Crooner").
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    • The Oogie Boogie Man from The Nightmare Before Christmas 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.
    • King Dice from Cuphead also took strong inspiration from Calloway, down to the "hi-de-ho" catchphrase and his hands in his bossfight mimicking Calloway's dance moves. Confirmed by the creators.
    • Voltaire is a big Cab Calloway fan, and many of the songs from his album Ooky Spooky are an homage to Cab's style.
    • Danny Elfman, of all people, performed a Calloway-inspired number in the ultra-weird Forbidden Zone
    • And Jeeves and Wooster memorably included a cover of "Minnie the Moocher." "Hoo-de hoo-de hoo, sir..."
    • A fairly early Shout-Out is in the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess; the character of Sportin' Life is based on Calloway, so much so that Calloway was asked to play it in the 1952 revival.
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  • Revival by Commercialization: His performance in The Blues Brothers 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 1980s.


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