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Cab Calloway

Image for Cab Calloway
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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
Artist
Domenico Facci, 2 Feb 1916 - 6 Nov 1994
Sitter
Cab Calloway, 25 Dec 1907 - 18 Nov 1994
Date
1959
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")
Type
Sculpture
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321 Mezzanine
Object number
NPG.99.103
Culture
Cab Calloway: American\African American
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
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Domenico Facci