Talk:Cab Calloway

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Under the filmography credits, we should list the Blues Brothers -


What's the reason for bolding so many words in the article? AnonMoos 03:41, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

Concerning Dizzy Gillespie?[edit]

Should I be concerned that Calloway was apparently stabbed by Gillespie? Or is this 'surreptitious knife' an inappropriate and badly used metaphor?

Either way, it needs translation.

He wasn't really born in a taxi cab, right?[edit]

I'm assuming that's just a joke. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 21:50, 6 February 2007 (UTC).

It was used by Frasier, but I'm not sure it's true. There can't've been many taxi cabs in 1909? --MartinUK 18:26, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

I think it's just a play on Calloway's first name "cab" as it's used for taxi as well. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Libyansamarkand (talkcontribs) 03:57, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

According to Wikipedia, Calloway was born in 1907, which just so happens to be the very year, also according to Wikipedia, that taxicabs were introduced to the United States. Long before that, of course, there were cabs drawn by horses (without taximeters). TheScotch (talk) 11:40, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

No mentioning of swing[edit]

I'm surprise to not see any mention of Swing Music in the article. 23:45, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

removal of "There is some speculation that Mafia pressure was responsible for his hiring."[edit]

The only reference (if it can be called such) that even hints at this is Pat Browne's Guide to United States Popular Culture, which uses the following — if anything weaker — and twice qualified — words, "a move loosely alleged to have had something to do with the mafia," (page 133) and provides neither further support nor reference for the allegation (emphasis added). — Robert Greer (talk) 02:00, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Reefer Man[edit]

Maybe someone can find some more info about the history of this song, and put it in the article. I started things off. Here are some links that may help.

YouTube: Cab Calloway - Reefer Man

Google search:

"Works of Cab Calloway, Jazz Artist": --Timeshifter (talk) 12:56, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

What's the copyright of that film link you posted? Binksternet (talk) 15:29, 2 April 2009 (UTC)
I don't know, but it has many views, and it has been up a long time. See:
Wikipedia talk:Copyrights#YouTube has permission for most of its copyrighted videos --Timeshifter (talk) 06:40, 6 April 2009 (UTC)


How is there not a discography here? Android the Andrew (talk) 05:04, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

My thoughts exactly. Rich Farmbrough, 00:12, 23 March 2012 (UTC).
I agree. The man may not be the BIGGEST Jazz man on the planet, but was well known. Well known enough to have some of his songs mentioned in the article.Cuddy2977 (talk) 16:08, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Removal of link not for valid reason?[edit]

This was removed by Ckatzin November 2010. Reason given was "copyright not clear". Because very brief segments from various sources are used, I believe that the fair use doctrine certainly applies. Compare the "Reefer man" vid in the el section. I don't see any info on the copyright of this video.1archie99 (talk) 16:39, 3 December 2010 (UTC) rR

Citation now again part of article after four days and no replies.1archie99 (talk) 12:22, 7 December 2010 (UTC)
The video snippets show dancing, yes, but only two or three bits of moonwalking. Too much of it is not moonwalk, and too much is not Cab Calloway. Stringing them together to prove a point is WP:SYNTHESIS and not allowed. I am removing the link for these reasons. Binksternet (talk) 13:40, 7 December 2010 (UTC)
Binksternet, thanks for your comments. The vid was not used by me to prove that MJ did not invent moonwalking only that it evolved over the years. I do think that MJ perfected it. I think you went overboard in reverting the edit.1archie99 (talk) 15:39, 7 December 2010 (UTC)
My revert was not for reversion's sake, it was because the video is not appropriate to this biographical article about Calloway. Even at the moonwalk (dance) article, you would have to fend off arguments against synthesis. Binksternet (talk) 16:08, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

Sources belong here, not in external links[edit]

These sources do not belong in External links. I have moved the link farm from there to this talk page where they do belong. Warning! I didn't check them to see if they follow criteria per WP policy, so be careful in choosing any potential references I've moved here. Thank you! --Leahtwosaints (talk) 20:15, 17 November 2012 (UTC) {{Commons category}}

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Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway (1907–94) was an American jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, the nation's premier jazz venue at the time, where he was a regular performer. He was a master of energetic scat singing, which he learned from Louis Armstrong, and led one of most popular African American big bands from the start of the 1930s through the late 1940s. His most famous song was "Minnie the Moocher", which was used in a Betty Boop cartoon of the same name. In addition to music, Calloway was an actor, appearing both in films and in musical theatre.

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