Category: Cab Calloway

25-year-old Cab Calloway photographed by Carl Van Vechten on January 12, 1933.

Albums Released In 1958

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1950s Ebony Magazine Covers

In August 1939, Life magazine sent photographer Charles Peterson to shoot an assignment which was never featured in the magazine. This invitation only jam session was organized by jazz guitarist Eddie Condon and promoter Ernie Anderson. It took place in New York at the Riverside Drive apartment of cartoonist Burris Jenkins. The guest list included Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ivie Anderson, Hot Lips Page, Billie Holiday, Harry Lim, Pee Wee Russell, Johnny Hodges, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole, Clyde Newcombe, Bud Freeman, and Dave Tough.

Vintage Jazz Concert Posters

  1. Sylvan Gardens (Sand Lake, Michigan) – July 21, 1933

  2. Riverview Ballroom (Neponset, Massachusetts) – August 9, 1935

  3. State Theater (Hartford, Connecticut) – March 10, 1943

  4. Sacramento Auditorium (Sacramento, California) – March 1, 1949
  5. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – September 15, 1954

  6. Town Hall (New York, New York) – October 30, 1954
  7. Sports Arena (Toledo, Ohio) – January 15, 1956
  8. Regal Theater (Chicago, Illinois) – August 14, 1959

  9. Regal Theater (Chicago, Illinois) – December 25-31, 1959 

  10. Kleinhans Music Hall (Buffalo, New York) – April 30, 1961

25-year-old Cab Calloway photographed by Carl Van Vechten on January 12, 1933.

Sallie Blair

(1934 – 1992)

was an African-American jazz singer from Baltimore. She began her career singing with Johnny Otis and Duke Ellington in the early 1950s before she won the talent competition Chance of a Lifetime on ABC-TV. Soon after she joined Cab Calloway’s Cotton Club Revue and then became a popular nightclub act. Sallie was a reoccurring performer on Ed Sullivan’s shows and was rumored to have had an affair with him. She performed for the royal family at the London Palladium and broke protocall by kicking off her shoes and doing a sexy barefoot dance. Although Sallie released two albums as a solo artist, Squeeze Me (1957) and Hello, Tiger! (1958), she was more known for her beauty and sex appeal. Sallie often changed her hair color, but early in her career she was known for being a blonde. The press referred to her as the  "blonde bombshell” and Miles Davis called her the “brown Marilyn Monroe.” She married pianist and arranger Rene DeKnight in 1963 and still appeared on TV throughout the the 1960s as her popularity waned. In 1978, Sallie was linked to Warren Beatty then she disappeared from the public. She died at the age of 57 in 1992.

Louis Armstron, Cab Calloway and Billy Daniels at a party for Billy in 1955.

Photos by David Sutton

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1950s Ebony Magazine Covers

1950s Ebony Magazine Covers