This day (November 18, 1994), in Hockessin, Delaware, died Cab Calloway, an American jazz singer and bandleader.
Wikipedia : This day (November 18, 1994), in Hockessin, Delaware, died Cab Calloway, an American jazz singer and bandleader.
@allmusic : Since George Gershwin had originally modeled the character Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess after Calloway, it was fitting that Cab got to play him in a 1950s version. Throughout the rest of his career, Calloway made special appearances for fans who never tired of hearing him sing Minnie the Moocher.
@last.fm : At the Sunset Cafe he met and performed with Louis Armstrong who taught him to sing in the scat style. TheCotton Club was the premier jazz venue in the country, and Cab Calloway and his Orchestra (he had taken over a brilliant but failing band called “The Missourians” in 1930) were hired as a replacement for the Duke Ellington Orchestra while they were touring.
@Discogs : Calloway’s orchestra rotated as a ‘house band’ with that of Duke Ellington at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem through the Prohibition era. His snappy ‘zoot-suit’ dress sense and skillful vaudeville song-and-dance routines made him an extremely popular entertainer. His ‘moonwalking’ predating that of Michael Jackson by about a half-century.