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Cab Calloway, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933
|Birth name||Cabell Calloway III|
December 25, 1907|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
November 18, 1994 (aged 86)|
Hockessin, Delaware, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, actor|
Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz musician and actor. He was famous for his "scat" style singing. He was the leader of one of the most famous big bands in the 1930s and 1940s. Calloway's band featured many famous musicians including Dizzy Gillespie.
In 1931 he recorded his most famous song, '"Minnie the Moocher."'
In his later career Calloway became a popular actor in movies and stage shows. In 1980 he acted and sang in the movie "The Blues Brothers." In the movie he sang "Minnie the Moocher." He sang the song "The Jumpin' Jive" on the famous children's TV show Sesame Street.
In May 1994, Calloway suffered a stroke. He died six months later on November 18, 1994.