Saturday, June 20, 2009
Cab Calloway performing Minnie the Moocher
Hello All. I am trying my first attempt at posting a video clip on my blog site. I chose Cab Calloway performing Minnie the Moocher, which in my opinion, is one of the best Big Band Jazz tunes that has stood the test of time. Cab Calloway had one of his homes less than a mile down the country road where my mother grew up during her childhood here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The house is now all grown over with vines, saplings, weeds, etc. and the once fine home is now just a derelict that has caved in on itself. Most people don't even know the home's legacy.
Cab was born on Christmas night, December 25, 1907, in Rochester, New York, but when he was 6-years-old, they moved to Baltimore, Maryland. After school, he sold newspapers, shined shoes, was a grocery store checker, waited tables, and walked horses at Pimlico Racetrack.
His parents hoped Cab would someday study law, but, by the time he graduated from high school at the age of 17, he had already made up his own mind to be an entertainer. In high school Cab played drums and sang with a small group. He had even performed on the vaudeville circuit with some kids from his school.
As we all know, Cab grew up and became a great world renowned musical success. The legal profession's loss, and the rest of the world's gain.