Cab Calloway

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1956 (The 1957 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2007 (ranked #39 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .

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Minnie The Moocher (1931)

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Will Cab Calloway be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


6 comments so far (post your own)

Yes!! Cab Calloway would make a great Early Influence inductee

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 02.3.11 @ 11:55am

I hve to agree with Tahvo
he should be in

Posted by Happy on Monday, 05.14.12 @ 00:24am

Does Cab Calloway deserve to be inducted as an Early Influence? Make that an emphatic YES! His showmanship, scat singing, and on-stage presence influenced a myriad of names in music: Louis Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Michael Jackson (Calloway's The Buzz was an early version of The Moonwalk), and several other major names.

Reefer Man might be the first popular song to openly reference drugs, while songs like Minnie the Moocher and Kicking the Gong Around use euphemisms like "cokey" and" kick the gong" for cocaine and opium. Part of rock 'n' roll's lasting appeal is its ability to shock, and Calloway did just that, long before the likes of Bob Marley were glorifying the pleasures of marijuana.

Calloway also had an amazing cultural impact, appearing in films like International House (A pre-code 1993 comedy with W.C. Fields in which Calloway performs Reefer Man!), The Singing Kid (A Al Jolson vehicle from 1936. The Hi-Do-Ho Man and Jolie do a tremendous duet of I Love to Sing-A), The Blues Brothers (1980), as well as a guest appearance in the music video for Janet Jackson's Alright (1990) and on a 1983 episode Sesame Street.

It truly is a shame that this magnificent entertainer and singer has not attracted more conversation around these parts. Cultural amnesia has reared its ugly head around once again.

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 12.8.12 @ 19:15pm

I don't think most people here even realize how important Cab Calloway is as an Early Influence to rock 'n roll. 'Tis a shame that a cultural phenom like Calloway can't even muster 10 comments, yet footnotes and nonentities garner enough discussion to fill a newspaper.

Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 19:04pm

CORRECTION: International House was released in 1933, not 1993.

Cab Calloway rocks forever! Hi-de-ho!

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 15:40pm


Posted by Happy on Friday, 06.3.16 @ 22:11pm

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