Cab Calloway

The Hi De Ho Man
Birth Name:
Cabell Calloway III
Birth Date:
December 25, 1907
Birth Place:
Rochester, New York
Death Date:
November 18, 1994
Place of Death:
Cokesbury Village Retirement Community, Hockessin, Delaware
Cause of Death:
Claim to Fame:
Cab Calloway was an American jazz singer, dancer, bandleader and actor. He was a regular performer at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York. He was a popular vocalist of the swing era, and mixed jazz and vaudeville. Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the most popular big bands in the United States from the early 1930s to the late 1940s. Calloway had several hit records in the 1930s and 1940s, becoming known as the "Hi-de-ho" man of jazz for his most famous song, "Minnie the Moocher", originally recorded in 1931. He had a very successful career that spanned over 65 years.

Fun Fact

One of the greatest musical performance in The Blues Brothers is by Cab Calloway, who stalls the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium before Jake and Elwood arrive with a rendition of his signature hit “Minnie the Moocher” that sounds just like it did in 1931. However, John Landis recalls that the jazz pioneer had actually wanted his character, Curtis, to perform a disco-style re-recording Cab had recently done and was very unhappy when the director refused. Considering the film is, in essence, a celebration of classic music from yesteryear, I think everyone would agree that Landis made the right call.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

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Map of Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
Map of Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

Grave Location:

Rosewood, 06A - BBB - - 242-52

Grave Location Description

After entering the entrance between Cherrywood and Maplewood, take the first left and then take a right at the next intersection. Park your car in the parking area behind the Rosewood Mausoleum. As you enter the mausoleum you will be on the top floor. Take an immediate right and Cab Calloway’s grave is located on the right, second row from the bottom.

Grave Location GPS

41.02777793229, -73.8308956363

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