Love this humorous song written by none other than Mr. Cabell "Cab" Calloway.
Born in Rochester, New York in 1907 on Christmas Day, he was definitely a gift to the world of big band jazz. Calloway was a master scat singer and leader of one of the most popular bands in the United States during the 1930’s. His group became one of the most successful bands to play at the infamous Cotton Club in New York City - a stage that was home for the late great Duke Ellington and his orchestra. Over time the two ensembles became co-house bands. Their music began to be broadcast on NBC radio regularly and Calloway’s band became a very active touring band In the 30‘s and 40‘s. He and Ellington paved the path for other musicians of colour.
Cab Calloway’s most famous song “Minnie the Moocher” was recorded in 1931. This week’s song of the week is not as well known however it definitely shows off Calloway’s unique writing style and vocal personality in a way that makes for a very entertaining tune. Even the lyrics on their own are wonderful. It’ll give you and your participants a good giggle. Enjoy.