Mar 31, 2016 - Sale 2408

Sale 2408 - Lot 414

Price Realized: $ 422
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(MUSIC--CALLOWAY, CAB.) "The Missourians" (supplied title). Early gelatin silver print photograph of the Cab Calloway orchestra, 5-3/4 x 7-5/8 inches, dry-mounted to a piece of cardstock; a couple of notes on the reverse suggest this was used for illustration in a book or article. [New York], circa 1930

Additional Details

Cab Calloway and "Missourians" shot around 1930 possibly at the Cotton Club, where they were the currently featured house band, a replacement for the Duke Ellington orchestra which was on tour. Calloway had taken over a brilliant but failing band called "The Missourians" in 1930. But Calloway quickly proved so popular that the two began to trade off; when the Ellington group was on the road they played, when they toured the Wellington band was back. Twice-weekly radio broadcasts from the Club on NBC doubled their popularity and sold records. Calloway also appeared on Walter Winchell's radio program and with Bing Crosby in his show at New York's Paramount Theatre. As a result of these appearances both Calloway and Ellington's bands broke the major broadcast network color barrier.