Cab Calloway: Minnie the Moocher – 1950’s

Performing his signature number, Cab Calloway sings Minnie the Moocher in this performance from the 1950’s. As ever he adds

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Who’s Yehoodi? – 1942

An amusing soundie from 1942, Who’s Yehoodi?, was originally composed in 1940 by Bill Seckler and Matt Dennis. Based on

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Ana Lani & Ray Kinney: Hawaiian Hula Song w/Steel Guitar – 1940’s

Hawaiian Hula Song, a classic. A seductive beauty does the hula while a duo play on guitar and slide. During

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Martha Davis & Her Spouse – 1950’s

It’s clear that Martha Davis wears the pants in this relationship. Influenced by the great Fats Waller, she and her

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Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You – 1940’s

Louis Jordan performs “How Long Must I Wait for You” with his Timpany Five. Considered by some to be no

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Whistler & His Jug Band: Foldin’ Bed – 1929

Whistler & His Jug Band came up out of Louisville, Kentucky, and became the first recorded jug band, according to

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Flapper Chorus Line with Ted Weems Orchestra – 1930

You know you’ve made the Big Time when you’re leading a band that’s accompanied with a chorus line of perky

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Lionel Hampton: Bongo Interlude – 1950’s

Lionel Hampton performs Bongo Interlude, a number that oozes with the exotica motifs prevalent in American pop culture at that

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Newsreel: Satchmo Swings the Congo – 1960

This newsreel from 1960 accounts of the genius Louis Armstrong’s fateful trip to Africa.            

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