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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 9, 1902 (Baltimore), Died December 16, 1978 (Baltimore)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1931

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

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Recordings (Results 26-27 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick C4403 10-in. 9/12/1929 Do I know what I’m doing (While I'm in love) Reuben Reeves ; River Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick C4404 10-in. 9/12/1929 Shoo shoo boogie boo Reuben Reeves ; River Boys Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 26-27 of 27 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Calloway, Blanche," accessed October 4, 2022,

Calloway, Blanche. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 4, 2022, from

"Calloway, Blanche." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 4 October 2022.

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