December 29, 1931: Cab Calloway on the Lucky Strike radio Show

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December 29, 1931, invited by Bing CROSBY, Cab is the guest on the Lucky Strike Dance Hour radio show.

This is a milestone in breaking the racial barriers because it’s the first time a black bandleader is invited to appear on that famous “white” radio show. Walter WINCHELL is the host of this hour-long regular show. 

Cab and his orchestra play:

  • King Porter’s Stomp,
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,
  • Nobody’s Sweetheart,
  • Aw You Dawg,
  • Stardust,
  • St. Louis Blues,
  • After The Storm,
  • Minnie The Moocher,
  • Farewell Blues,
  • Ain't Got No Gal In This Town,
  • San Sue Strut

What a show! A few weeks later Cab appears in the movie The Big Broadcast of 1932. And in the cast there’s… Bing Crosby! Cab definitely owes a big one to him.


Download the transcript of the show


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