Blanche Calloway - Growlin’ Dan
Blanche Calloway—Cab’s big sister!—is widely considered the first female leader of an all-male orchestra. While she doesn’t get the recognition she deserves, she was undoubtedly influential. Listen for some interesting parallels between this song and “Minnie the Moocher.”
Blanche Calloway wasn’t just Cab Calloway’s older sister. She was a band leader and composer in her own right. Her biggest hit, a song called Growlin’ Dan, references “Minnie the Moocher” trying to steal her man.
* Edited to say - More on Blanche Calloway soon. #fatigue