Cab Calloway (1907 - 1994) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, bandleader, conductor and actor. He was associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, where he was a regular performer and became a popular vocalist of the swing era. His career more or less spanned the 20th century, he led one of the most popular dance bands in the United States from the early 1930s to the late 1940s.
Calloway had several hit records in the 1930s and 1940s, becoming known as the "Hi-de-ho" man of jazz for his most famous song, "Minnie the Moocher", originally recorded in 1931. He reached the Billboard charts in five consecutive decades (1930s–1970s).
In 1980 he appeared in the film The Blues Brothers (performing Minnie the Moocher, of course) Not many people can look back on 65 years in the showbiz limelight!