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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)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Calloway, Blanche," accessed October 4, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109163.

Calloway, Blanche. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 4, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109163.

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

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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