Music Video

Who was Cab Calloway?

October 2016

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.

Smithsonian Artifact Featured in this Video

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Making a Way Out of No Way
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 050
April 1944
Object number
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.
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Created by
St. Louis Public Service Company, American, 1927 - 1966
Subject of
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994
Pine Street YMCA, American, 1919 - 1955
African American
Jazz (Music)
Place depicted
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
ink on wove paper
H x W: 2 1/8 x 3 5/8 in. (5.4 x 9.2 cm)
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
passes (tickets)
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Object number
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!
Artist’s widow, Penny Edwards-Facci; gift to NPG 1999
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Penny Edwards-Facci
Domenico Facci, 2 Feb 1916 - 6 Nov 1994
Cab Calloway, 25 Dec 1907 - 18 Nov 1994
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
Patinated hydrocal
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")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
© Estate of Domenico Facci
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