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Hi-de-ho: The Life of Cab Calloway

Alyn Shipton


This book sheds new light on Cab Calloway's life and career, explaining how he traversed racial and social boundaries to become one of the country's most beloved entertainers. Drawing on first-hand accounts from Calloway's family, friends, and fellow musicians, the book traces the roots of this music icon, from his childhood in Rochester, New York, to his life of hustling on the streets of Baltimore. The book highlights how Calloway's desire to earn money to support his infant daughter prompted his first break into show business, when he joined his sister Blanche in a traveling revue. Beginnin ... More

Keywords: Cab Calloway, show business, Cotton Club, scat singing, call-and-response routines, bandleader, talent spotter, musical theatre, hi-de-ho

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195141535
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195141535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alyn Shipton, author
Jazz Critic