Cab Calloway has in recent years seen a revival of interest. “Who is Cab Calloway?”- you may be asking if this trend has passed you by.Well in his era, he was a famous American Jazz dancer, singer and bandleader.His most famous song “Minnie the Moocher” is one of the tunes that he is now most remembered for now, and he was known from this
In the last few years a resurgence in popularity of a musical film of his version of St. James Infirmary rotoscoped over his dancing for the spooky Betty Boop film “The Old Man of the Mountain”. You can see how they made it here.So why has interest in Cab Calloway spiked some 80-plus years later?
Well, simply put, because he is incredible. As a singer, and dancer he has a level of showmanship which is rare to see in performers today, and seeing him as a bandleader to boot is impressive beyond measure.
One amazing video that you just have to see to believe also showcases the even greater dancing talents of the Nicholas Brothers. Fayard and Harold were a pair of “flashdancers”, an acrobatic style of dance, as well as spectacular jazz tap dancers.
There’s a sequence with the stairs that will blow you away!
The clip begins with Cab leading the big band, and wow are they incredible.
Cab’s voice is amazing (he was the first African American singer to sell over a million copies of a single song).
The Nicholas Brothers leap from table to table, tapping and dancing up an impossible storm!
Leaping among the band members seated around the tables, they display an unprecedented level of skill and talent, which arguably (and some have argued) has never since been seen. It has been said to have achieved on the first take.