The Hi-De-Ho Man: Cab Calloway (1907-94)

When my kids were little (and I was able to hook them into jazz), we spent our mornings watching Cab Calloway videos on YouTube. Vivacious, mesmerizing, enigmatic — this cat, with his definitive style and swagger, was on fire!

Folks, here’s a story ’bout Minnie the Moocher
She was a red-hot hoochie-coocher
She was the roughest, toughest frail
But Minnie had a heart as big as a whale

Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi (hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi)
Whoa-a-a-a-ah (whoa-a-a-a-ah)
Hee-dee-hee-dee-hee-dee-hee (hee-dee-hee-dee-hee-dee-hee)
He-e-e-e-e-e-e-y (he-e-e-e-e-e-e-y)

Cab Calloway
“cab calloway” (watercolor and ink)

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