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Who was Cab Calloway?

Dr. Dwandalyn Reece

About the Cab Calloway Collection, which includes photographs, records and ticket stubs that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads"at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Collection Object: 
Transit pass for St. Louis Public Service Company depicting Cab Calloway
Topic
African American
Jazz (Music)
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Created by
St. Louis Public Service Company, American, 1927 - 1966
Subject of
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994
Pine Street YMCA, American, 1919 - 1955
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
ink on wove paper
Dimensions
H x W: 2 1/8 x 3 5/8 in. (5.4 x 9.2 cm)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition
Making a Way Out of No Way
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 050
Place depicted
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Date
April 1944
Description
Transit pass for the St. Louis Public Service Company depicting Cab Calloway. The pass features information about the 9th Annual Pine St. Y Circus featuring Cab Calloway. The pass is a cream and orange-colored pass with additional text and a graphic of Cab Calloway off-center left.
Type
passes (tickets)
Object number
2010.34.20
Cab Calloway
Topic
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Cab Calloway: Male
Cab Calloway: Literature\Writer
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Portrait
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Rights
© Estate of Domenico Facci
Artist
Domenico Facci, 2 Feb 1916 - 6 Nov 1994
Sitter
Cab Calloway, 25 Dec 1907 - 18 Nov 1994
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Penny Edwards-Facci
Medium
Patinated hydrocal
Dimensions
With Base: 45.7 x 18.1 x 17.8cm (18 x 7 1/8 x 7")
Without Base: 31.8 x 18.1 x 17.8cm (12 1/2 x 7 1/8 x 7")
Mount: 14 x 14cm (5 1/2 x 5 1/2")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321 Mezzanine
Date
1959
Exhibition Label
Cab Calloway began performing in Chicago and New York City in the late 1920s. The bandleader and singer became famous after recording "Minnie the Moocher" in 1931-the first jazz song to sell a million copies-and helped popularize "scat" singing during the Swing era. Calloway toured extensively, broadcast often on radio, and appeared in films ranging from Stormy Weather (1943) to The Blues Brothers (1980). He also appeared on Broadway as Sportin' Life in a 1950 revival of Porgy and Bess (he claimed the character was based on him), and with Pearl Bailey in the 1967 all-black revival of Hello, Dolly!
Provenance
Artist’s widow, Penny Edwards-Facci; gift to NPG 1999
Note: Curatorial file: “provenance: the artist [1916-1994]; his widow”
Type
Sculpture
Object number
NPG.99.103
Culture
Cab Calloway: American\African American
Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Stevie Wonder, and Lou Rawls black-and-white photoprint.
Topic
African American musicians
Data Source
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Subject
Fitzgerald, Ella
Calloway, Cab 1907-
Wonder, Stevie
Rawls, Lou
Physical description
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item
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Ella Fitzgerald Papers ca. 1935-1996 [Fitzgerald, Ella]
Date
1960
1970
1960-1970
Summary
Photographer unidentified.
Type
Photographs
Local number
AC 02058401.tif (AC Scan No.)
Culture
African Americans