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Cab Calloway is absolute genius. That 1990 Janet Jackson video notwithstanding.

maria b (maria b), Monday, 24 March 2003 23:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He's done some great stuff but his back catalogue seems to be in a complete mess - dozens of different compilations all overlapping to varying degrees (just how many different versions of Jumpin' Jive and Minnie The Moocher does anyone actually need?).

As regards people who sound like him, Louis Jordan is the only name that really leaps to mind but Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington,and Fats Waller are obviously all well worth investigating if you haven't already (sorrry if it sounds like I'm stating the bleedin' obvious here!) or for a more contemporary equivalent you might like to try Royal Crown Revue.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 09:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Cab = Hip Indeed

christoff (christoff), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 14:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Revive. Mostly because Talking Heads "Swamp" is supposed to be musically referencing "Minnie The Moocher" and I can kind of see how that works. I have that song and the "Ghost of Smokey Joe". Is this a particular style of music ("hardy hardy har" call and response ragtime/blues) or was Cab the only one who did it? What else is worth checking out?

the next grozart, Friday, 17 August 2007 01:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

Louis Jordan otm

ghost rider, Friday, 17 August 2007 01:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

and yes the thing you're talking about is basically jump blues.

ghost rider, Friday, 17 August 2007 01:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

ghost rider, Friday, 17 August 2007 01:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Nice! Cheers.

the next grozart, Friday, 17 August 2007 02:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

What's the song that sounds like minnie The Moocher that they kind of changed for a Quavers crisps advert in the late 80s/early 90s? Remember it?

the next grozart, Friday, 17 August 2007 02:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

i am american, i cannot help you there

ghost rider, Friday, 17 August 2007 02:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

ah ok. maybe they only did it for the ad, but i'm sure i've heard it elsewhere. it sounds almost exactly like minnie but slightly different melody and a bit faster. cheers for the help all the same :-)

the next grozart, Friday, 17 August 2007 02:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't forget his performance in the Blues Brothers movie!

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 17 August 2007 17:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Personally I prefer the one with St. James Infirmary Blues:

Nick Minichino, Friday, 17 August 2007 18:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Stone classic. Early 30's stuff is just incredible - everybody needs to hear some Cab at least once in their life.

Soukesian, Friday, 17 August 2007 18:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Sadly, the recent PBS documentary on Cab isn't all that great but skip ahead to the interviews with Landis, Cropper, Dunn for some great Blues Brothers stories.

Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Saturday, 5 May 2012 05:14 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Hey, I just saw that documentary and, yeah, it's pretty thin but what do you expect for just an hour on such a grand man? One thing I did get out of it was that I didn't realize his older sister was a bandleader herself, travelling around the south and in general way, way ahead of her time. I'm going to listen to her stuff shortly.

Anyone have the "This Is Hep" box set from Proper? Thoughts?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 19 September 2014 01:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Morris Day pinched his act.

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 September 2014 02:58 (three years ago) Permalink

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