Monday, 30 January 2012

Cool Celebrities On Sesame Street: Cab Calloway

As a young child, when it came to music I was at the mercy of my father. He ruled the car stereo and since we lived so far away from each other i spent a great deal of time listening to his mix tapes. Being that his musical tastes lay somewhere between novelty and bubble-gum pop, I grew up on a steady diet of bad tunes. There were a few good songs crammed in between layers of rancid tracks: Roy Orbison's "Working For The Man" and Cab Calloway's "Minnie The Moocher" hidden between layers of "They're Coming To Take Me Away", "I'm Too Sexy" and "Rubber Ball"...

For those amongst you who grew up with sane parents and so have never been exposed to such insanity, Cab Calloway (1907-1994) was a jazz bandleader and singer. He was best-known for the song "Minnie the Moocher," with its distinctive "hi-de-hi-de-hi" scat chorus. Trendy scensters might be forgiven for instantly thinking of The Cherry Poppin' Daddies tunes once you've seen this clip of Cab rockin' Sesame Street.

For comparison:

Hi-de-hi, hi-de-ho and hi-de-he,
Sandi D

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