Cab Calloway has today’s almost forgotten track

Cab Calloway was THE original entertainer…of course that’s an overstatement, but his understanding of putting on a “show” while maintaining his musical integrity was second to no one, and that’s an understatement…he celebrated his heritage while performing, at the Cotton Club, for white customers, and, as a result, was occasionally suspected of playing to their prejudices and preconceptions, but I maintain that he never lost any face in doing so…he knew what was going on and was actually making a statement while he created some of the finest music ever recorded…you can draw your own conclusions, for certain, but the man was THE man…


Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then. His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.



Published on August 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson


August 6, 2018 - 8:48 am


Have to admit that my exposure to Mr Calloway came via the Blues Brothers. No doubt he was a great talent.

August 6, 2018 - 10:17 am

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lots of examples available on YouTube 13…and some of them are positively amazing…

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