Cab Calloway, famous bandleader and songwriter, was born in Rochester in 1907 and lived on Sycamore Street until 1918. A small monument honors him in the park between Sycamore and Avon Place.
Calloway wrote "Minnie the Moocher," the first Jazz album to sell a million copies. He was bandleader at the Cotton Club in Harlem during the 1930s and appeared in the Blues Brothers.
Cab Calloway passed away from a stroke on November 18th, 1994.
Notes and References
Video of Calloway doing Minnie The Moocher on YouTube
Link to the Cab Calloway Orchestra now directed by Cab's son C. Calloway (“CB”) Brooks
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