Quizzicale: Cab Calloway’s radio show

  One of the greatest experiences Cab Calloway had on the ether waves was certainly the "Quizzicale Show." For more than a year, the show was broadcast across the country and gained a huge success with the black community. The only problem was precisely that it was a show with black musicians. After nearly a year, the show was dropped for lack of a sponsor. And yet, it really had it all together for success!   Read the full story →

“Stormy Weather”: Thanks, pal! and other anecdotes

  "Thanks, Pal!" était le titre de travail de Stormy Weather. Il faisait référence à tous les mots de remerciements émanant d'autres vedettes et que lit Bill Robinson durant tout le film. Arthur Knight estime dans son passionnant (mais complexe) ouvrage que dire ainsi merci à un Noir américain, à travers Bill Robinson, était une gageure eut égard à l'opinion générale de l'époque. Mais nous aborderons les aspects raciaux du film une prochaine fois. Pour le moment, nous avons encore quelques croustillantes anecdotes à nous mettre sous la dent... Read the full story →

The King of Hi de Ho and the Presidents

  Many jazz fans will be delighted by this story told by Cab Calloway in his autobiography, Of Minnie the Moocher and Me: at an evening reception in honor of Duke Ellington, Richard Nixon approach Cab Calloway and told him "My wife and I really like what you're doing, Mr. Ellington" True or not, it indicates the presence of Cab at the White House and his relationship with the U.S. leader. The Hi de Ho Blog will tell you a little more... Read the full story →

Cotton Club Revue Season #1: 1957, from Miami to New York and Las Vegas

In the Fifties, Miami became the place to be: hotels and resorts, nightclubs, beaches, the city was magic. Before retirees, tourists were the main source of income. It made sense for entrepreneurs to try their luck with an ambitious revue. Glamour, chorus girls, tap dance and entertainment were on the menu. And if you add Cab Calloway as the main course, you’re headed for success. So they say. And so it happened... well, at the beginning.     Read the full story →


St. Louis Blues (1958) starring Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt, Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway is a truly awful film with an outstanding cast.  Our friend and fellow Cab Calloway fan Keller Whalen has left no stone unturned in uncovering the behind-the-scenes details – he even watched the movie several times.  The Hi De Ho Blog is pleased to present a fascinating look at the story of how a bad film was made and the often hilarious reviews that followed its release.  Read the full story →

Cab Calloway on Television: 2 - The Forties

“Recognized as a ‘natural’ for television, Cab has made several test performances before the television cameras” states The Macon News dated February 2, 1947. But Cab Calloway’s first known TV appearance is only dated a few weeks before, on January 17, 1947 between 11:30 pm and 1 am. Cab indeed performs on the debuting TV Show “Cavalcade of Bands” for the March of Dimes Telethon, along with bandleaders Jimmy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo. The show, probably shot in Chicago, was telecast on the CBS Network. From then on, Cab will appear frequently on many TV shows and will participate in numerous telethons on TV until the late 1980’s. I haven’t found yet any other appearance for 1947. Remember that at the end of 1947, his feature movie “Hi De Ho” is released in movie theaters. But, starting 1948, Cab will progressively share his time among stage, radio, and TV studios. And that’s the right time for Cab: in April 1948, he disbanded his orchestra, only keeping a small combo with him. The forthcoming years will be hard for Cab, Duke, Count, Woody, Benny and many more! Cab quickly understands the power of television and struggles to get a spot on the small screen that is starting to get a room in many homes in the USA. He almost got his own show but the black and white screens still had issues having an African American artist as the main feature on a regular TV show. Read the full story →


  In 1965 Cab Calloway appeared in a superb dramatic supporting role in the Steve McQueen film The Cincinnati Kid. Based on a best-selling novel, the movie was a wonderful opportunity for Cab to show his assets in poker, since he was himself a definite player. And it was also the perfect time to fullfill a quite empty schedule on stage... For The Hi De Ho Blog, Keller Whalen retraces the history of the shooting, the casting, the release, and has unearthed anecdotes, documents and rare pictures about this unique gambling film. Read the full story →