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Hi-de-ho : the life of Cab Calloway

Author: Alyn Shipton
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Clad in white tie and tails, dancing and scatting his way through the "hi-de-ho" chorus of "Minnie the Mooche," Cab Calloway exuded a sly charm and sophistication that endeared him to legions of fans.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Cab Calloway; Cab Calloway
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alyn Shipton
ISBN: 9780195141535 0195141539
OCLC Number: 150373115
Description: x, 283 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Baltimore buzz, 1907-1927 --
Chicago high life, 1927-1930 --
Cotton Club stomp, 1930-1931 --
Harlem fuss, 1931-1933 --
Zaz zuh zaz, 1933-1934 --
On the road again, 1934-1937 --
Chuberry jam, 1937-1939 --
Dizzy atmosphere, 1939-1941 --
Crusin' with Cab, 1941-1948 --
Porgy, 1949-1970 --
Hi-de-ho man, 1971-1994.
Other Titles: Life of Cab Calloway
Responsibility: Alyn Shipton.
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With his catchphrase "Hi-de-ho" and his dramatic singing and dancing, Cab Calloway became the highest-earning African American bandleader of the 1930s. This book traces his remarkable career, his  Read more...

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Alyn Shipton's entertaining and informative biography is a match for its subject at every stage of his career. Full of first-hand accounts of Calloway's musical life from fellow musicians, vivid news Read more...

 
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