Warner Chappell Music has announced a new administration agreement with the estate of jazz vocalist and bandleader Cab Calloway. The deal grants the publishing giant global administration rights to the entirety of Calloway’s share of his catalog. Terms were not disclosed.
Known as one of the most innovative stars of the Harlem Renaissance, Calloway’s catalog includes “Minnie the Moocher,” whose earworm “hi de ho” chorus made it a fast success and cemented Calloway as the first Black artist to sell a million records back in the early 1930s.
With a propensity for penning catchy hooks perfect for the stage, Calloway was renowned as a performer with a knack for engaging fans with his music in real time. Using his “call and response” style, his mastery of scat and his mix of melody and rhythmic delivery, Calloway was a fixture at the famed Cotton Club at its peak, as well as on the Billboard charts. His rhythmic sensibilities also earned him credit as a crucial forbearer of hip-hop.