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|
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.
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