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Warner Chappell signs new deal with the Cab Calloway estate

By | Published on Monday 12 July 2021

Cab Calloway

Warner Chappell last week signed a new publishing administration deal with the estate of jazz vocalist Cab Calloway.

“Cab Calloway had an enormous influence on the course of modern music, from the swing era of the 30s to the hip hop of today”, say Warner Chappell CEO Guy Moot and COO Carianne Marshall in a joint statement. “He was a pioneering artist whose wide-ranging talents crossed musical, racial, and cultural boundaries”.

“Calloway literally defined what it meant to be hip, while writing and performing music that remains as irresistible today as it was nearly a century ago”, they go on. “We’re THRILLED that Warner Chappell has been chosen to represent this extraordinary body of work, and we’re looking forward to bringing his groundbreaking music to a whole new generation of fans”.

With a career that spanned more than 65 years, Calloway became the first black artist to sell over a million records with his song ‘Minnie The Moocher’ in 1931. He had US chart hits in five consecutive decades, including a disco version of ‘Minnie The Moocher’ in the 1970s. His style of mixing singing and rhythmic speaking has also been described as a precursor to rapping.