Cab Calloway, part 2: selected additional recordings 1934-1940
See also our first and main Cab Calloway feature:
- Cab Calloway, selected originals and covers 1930-1939 + later versions of Minnie the Moocher, St. James Infirmary, and Jumpin’ Jive
And recordings by Calloway in the following feature pages:
- St. James Infirmary
- Blues in the Night
- Reefer Songs
- Don’t Worry ’bout Me
- Jumpin’ Jive
- That’s What I Like About the South
- Stormy Weather
- (I Don’t Stand a) Ghost of Chance With You
- Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
- The Big Broadcast (1932)
- Exactly Like You
All recordings by Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
Jitter Bug (m. Irving Mills, Edwin Swayzee, w. Cab Calloway)
‘Long About Midnight (m. Irving Mills, W. Alexander Hill)
(above) This map, at 1753 x 1206 pixels when fully expanded (2 clicks) is only 40% of the size of the copy I used to create this one. The reduction has introduced a texture not present in the original. The mammoth, with a width of over 4300 pixels, can easily be found in a Google image search. Or you might ask me for it. The artist is E. Simms Campbell.
Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz (m. Irving Mills, w. Andy Razaf) – recorded 23 January 1934, according to the video provider
from the 1935 short film Cab Calloway’s Jitterbug Party, following the credits and an introduction
Cab Calloway’s Jitterbug Party (1935) – short film comprising three 1934 singles by the band: Jitter Bug, Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz and ‘Long About Midnight. See individual songs and songwriter credits above.
When You’re Smiling (Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin and Larry Shay)
Mister Paganini, Swing for Minnie (Edward J. Lambert, Richard Stevens) – recorded in New York City, 30 August 1938. Note: The songwriter credits are from ASCAP’s ACE song title catalog. They list no performers of the song at all.
Shad Collins, Irving Randolph, Lammer Wright, Doc Cheatham (tp), Claude Jones, Keg Johnson, DePriest Wkeeler (tb), Chauncey Haughton, Andrew Brown (cl, as), Chu Berry, Walter Thomas (ts), Bennie Payne (p), Danny Baker (g), Milton Hinton (sb), Leroy Maxey (dm), Cab Calloway (vo, ldr).
Deep in a Dream (Jimmy Van Heusen, Edgar De Lange*) – known professionally as Eddie DeLange
The photo above reads Cab Calloway and His Dancing Boys & Girls ~ 1939, followed by a list of the dancers. Some of them are difficult to read. It looks like: “Mae Williamson, Chick Collins, Joyce B_(illeg.), Oley Barris, and Edna Mae Holly.”* Only five of the six dancers names are given.
above (left to right): Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington (playing guitar), Rex Stewart, Cab Calloway (piano), unidentified guest, and Ivie Anderson in a private jam session, August 1939, NYC
Trylon Swing (Irving Mills, Earl Bostic)
A Bee Gezindt (Songwriters unknown) – This title appears to be a corruption of Abi Gezunt!, a Yiddish phrase meaning “As long as you’re healthy!”
Papa’s in Bed With His Britches On (Jesse Stone)
*Edna Mae Robinson (née Edna Mae Holly) was a noted dancer who toured Europe with Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway in the 1930s according to an article in the 27 May 2002 issue of Jet magazine. The article says that she met boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson in 1940 and the two married three years later. A photo of Holly graced the first issue of Jet Magazine on 1 November 1951; for the shot she wore a mink coat given to her as a birthday present by Robinson. In 1960 they divorced.