Cab Calloway: “Blues in the Night”

26 Dec

Born Dec. 25, 1907, Cab Calloway’s family hoped he would be a lawyer, like his father; he attended law school in Chicago. But he spent nights in clubs, where he met Louie Armstrong. In 1930, his band replaced Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club in Harlem, and became nationally popular. Said Gunther Schuller: “Calloway was the most unusual and broadly gifted male singer, of the ’30s.” Cab died in 1994 at age 86.

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