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Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the United States most popular African American big bands from the start of the 1930s through the 1950s. Calloway's Orchestra featured performers that included Dizzy Gillespie, Milton Hinton , Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham , and Leon "Chu" Berry .
In 1931, he recorded his most famous song, Minnie the Moocher. That song and St. James Infirmary Blues appeared in Betty Boop animated shorts, Minnie the Moocher and Snow White, respectively. Cab took advantage of this and timed his concerts in some communities with the release of the films in order to make the most of the attention.
In 1965 he starred in The Cincinnati Kid with Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson.
In 1980, he gained renewed interest when he appeared as a supporting character in the film, The Blues Brothers where he performed Minnie The Moocher to buy time for the Brothers to make it to their own concert.
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