Catalogue: JASMCD 2588
Price Code: A
Release Date: 01/01/2002
Bar Code: 604988 25882 0
Cab CALLOWAY & His Orch.
Who's The Swinginest Man In Town?
Calloway was no ordinary band-leader who stood in
front beating time for his men. He danced around the stage, hair flopping
wildly, conducting with an absurdly long baton, almost shouting his vocals.In
1934 the band came to Europe and created a sensation in London and Manchester.
In fact, this flamboyant bandleader - no, entertainer - was a sensation wherever
he played. They appeared in several movies, notably "The Big Broadcast", "The
Singing Kid" with Al Jolson, "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round", "Stormy Weather" and
"Sensations of 1945". Broadway also played host to the effervescent charms of
Calloway when a new production of Gershwin’s "Porgy And Bess" opened at the
Ziegfeld Theatre in March 1953.In 1967 he played opposite Pearl Bailey in the
all-black version of "Hello Dolly" which ran for just over three years. He also
starred in the ANTA production of "Bubbling Brown Sugar" in 1976 and in "Eubie"
at the Ambassador Theatre in 1978 for a year’s run. He came to England for the
BBC documentary "The Cotton Club Comes To The Ritz" on TV, then toured America
with "The Cotton Club Revisited". His appearance in the 1980 film "The Blues
Brothers", essentially playing himself as a colourful band-leader, brought him
to the attention of a new, younger audience.
£8.99 / $14.83 / €10.10