The one and only Cab Calloway was doing a back slide step many, many decades before Michael Jackson was even born! Big band leader/jazz singer Cab Calloway has a smash hit with the song “Minnie The Moocher” that he performed from 1931 until his death.
The first time I recall hearing the song “Minnie the Moocher” was when Mr. Calloway performed it in the classic 1932 Max Fleischer Betty Boop cartoon (excerpted above),”Minnie the Moocher,” that I probably saw on Saturday morning TV around 1959 or 1960. I have loved both Calloway and the song ever since.
Here is Mr. Calloway performing his classic at Harlem’s Appollo Theatre circa 1953 — twenty or so years after it’s initial release on Brunswick Records.
And here is Mr. Callaway performing his signature song at age 81 in 1988 — over fifty years since the songs initial release! Just awesome – isn’t it?
The 1931 jazz single “Minnie the Moocher,” written by Calloway and Irving Mills (aka Joe Primrose), was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.