Friday, February 14, 2014

Cab Calloway - "The Hi De Ho Man" (examples, information)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases three examples of Cab Calloway performing his 1934 song "The Hi De Ho Man". Information about Cab Calloway, and information about this song are also included in this post.

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Thanks to Cab Calloway for his musical legacy. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

"Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was a jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer.

Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the United States' most popular big bands from the start of the 1930s through to the late 1940s. Calloway's band featured performers including trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham, saxophonists Ben Webster and Leon "Chu" Berry, New Orleans guitar ace Danny Barker, and bassist Milt Hinton. Calloway continued to perform until his death in 1994 at the age of 86...

The Cotton Club was the premier jazz venue in the country, and Calloway and his orchestra (he had taken over a brilliant, but failing band called "The Missourians" in 1930; later on, the band changed its name to Cab Calloway and His Orchestra)[4] were hired as a replacement for the Duke Ellington Orchestra while they were touring (he joined Duke Ellington and Mills Blue Rhythm Band as another of the jazz groups handled by Irving Mills). Calloway quickly proved so popular that his band became the "co-house" band with Ellington's, and his group began touring nationwide when not playing the Cotton Club. Their popularity was greatly enhanced by the twice-weekly live national radio broadcasts on NBC at the Cotton Club. Calloway also appeared on Walter Winchell's radio program and with Bing Crosby in his show at New York's Paramount Theatre. As a result of these appearances, Calloway, together with Ellington, broke the major broadcast network color barrier.

In 1931 he recorded his most famous song, "Minnie the Moocher". That song, along with "St. James Infirmary Blues" and "The Old Man of the Mountain", were performed for the Betty Boop animated shorts Minnie the Moocher, Snow White, and The Old Man of the Mountain, respectively. Through rotoscoping, Calloway not only gave his voice to these cartoons, but his dance steps as well. He took advantage of this and timed his concerts in some communities with the release of the films in order to make the most of the attention. As a result of the success of "Minnie the Moocher," he became identified with its chorus, gaining the nickname "The Hi De Ho Man".
Click for the lyrics to "The Hi De Ho Man".

Also, click for a pancocojams post about the song "Minnie The Moocher".

Both of these songs include lots of "jive talk". Read this pancocojams post about jive talk:

And click for a listing of words and phrases from Cab Calloway's hepster dictionary.

Example #1: Cab Calloway, "Hi-De-Ho"

morrisoncoursevids, Uploaded on Oct 5, 2008

This short film was released in 1934.

Example #2: Cab Calloway's Hi De Ho - 1934

Tim Romano, Uploaded on Apr 13, 2010

Great old Paramount short film of Cab Calloway singing many of his hits.

Example #3: Classic Sesame Street - Cab Calloway sings "Hi De Ho Man"

sawing14s Uploaded on Jul 16, 2007

Sesame Street has had guest stars from nearly all eras of the 20th century. It's extremely hard these days to find an entertainer with the impact and talent of someone like "Cabby" Calloway.

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