“Minnie The Moocher” Performed by Cab Calloway (1931)

October 3, 2011


Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994)

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.

Musically Yours,

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