Cab Calloway

Born in Rochester on this day (25 Dec.) in 1907 was Cabell “Cab” Calloway III. Cab’s father was a lawyer and his mother was a teacher. Cab only lived in Rochester until about 1918 when his family moved to Baltimore. In Baltimore, Cab graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. He attended college but was much more interested in a music career. In 1931 he recorded his most famous song, “Minnie the Moocher” (video below). Also in the thirties, Cab and his band played as one of the house bands at the Cotton Club in New York City. His music career continued up until the 1980s. Cab was married three times and had 5 daughters. In May 1994, he suffered a stroke. Cab died six months later on 18 November¬† 1994.