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Blanche Calloway

Blanche Dorothea Jones Calloway (February 9, 1902 – December 16, 1978) was an American jazz singer, composer, and bandleader. She was the older sister of Cab Calloway and was a successful singer before her brother. With a music career that spanned over fifty years, Calloway was the first woman to lead an all-male orchestra and performed alongside musicians such as Cozy Cole, Chick Webb, and her brother. Her performing style was described as flamboyant and a major influence on her brother's performance style.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 9th, 1902 (Baltimore), Died Baltimore

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, vocalist, lyricist, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-64068 10-in. 3/2/1931 Casey Jones Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys ; William Massey Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BVE-64069 10-in. 3/2/1931 There's rhythm in the river Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Victor BVE-64070 10-in. 3/2/1931 I need lovin' Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-68234 10-in. 6/11/1931 It looks like Susie Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-68235 10-in. 6/11/1931 Without that gal! Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor ABRC-68236 10-in. 6/11/1931 When I can't be with you Fred Armstrong and his Syncopators Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-68938 10-in. 3/27/1931 Just a crazy song (Hi, hi, hi) Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys ; Blanche Calloway Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal chorus leader, vocalist  
Victor BRC-68939 10-in. 3/27/1931 Sugar blues Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys ; William Massey ; Clarence E. Smith Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo leader  
Victor ABRC-68940 10-in. 3/27/1931 Sugar blues Fred Armstrong and his Syncopators ; William Massey Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo leader  
Victor BRC-68941 10-in. 3/27/1931 I'm getting myself ready for you Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys ; Blanche Calloway Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Victor BRC-68942 10-in. 3/27/1931 Loveless love Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys ; Blanche Calloway Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-69025 10-in. 5/8/1931 Misery Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-69026 10-in. 5/8/1931 It's right here for you Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-69027 10-in. 5/8/1931 Make me know it Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-69786 10-in. 11/18/1931 I got what it takes (But it breaks my heart to give it away) Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-69787 10-in. 11/18/1931 Growling Dan Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, lyricist, leader  
Victor BRC-69788 10-in. 11/18/1931 Concentratin' (On you) Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-69789 10-in. 11/18/1931 Last dollar Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, leader  
Victor BRC-69790 10-in. 11/18/1931 Blue memories Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist, songwriter, leader  
Columbia W151456 10-in. 3/23/1931 Minnie the Moocher King Carter and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh 9458 10-in. 11/9/1925 Lazy woman's blues Blanche Calloway Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano vocalist  
OKeh 9459 10-in. 11/9/1925 Lonesome lovesick Louis Armstrong ; Blanche Calloway ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Calloway, Blanche," accessed September 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109163.

Calloway, Blanche. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109163.

"Calloway, Blanche." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 September 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109163

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