Blanche Calloway - singer, dancer, yes. But also bandleader, composer, and arranger. Taught her litter brother Cab everything about show business. A true trail blazer: The first woman to lead a successful all-male orchestra in the early 1930's ... not nearly well known enough today.
The precursors of rhythm and blues came from jazz and blues, which overlapped in the Late-1920s,1930s through the work of musicians such as The Harlem Hamfats, with their 1936 hit "Oh Red", as well as Lonnie Johnson, Leroy Carr, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, and T-Bone Walker. There was also increasing emphasis on the electric guitar as a lead instrument, as well as the piano and saxophone.
Blanche Calloway, jazz singer, bandleader & composer. She was the 1st woman to lead an all-male orchestra. She had a reputation for being "exceptional" musically, but was given few opportunities due to her gender & race. The older sister of Cab Calloway, she was a major influence on him as well as his signature Hi De Ho chant (she previously had released a song in which she wailed "Hi Hi Hi, Ho De Ho De Ho"). She began to struggle to find bookings just as his career grew in popularity…
Billy Eckstine adjusting his tie while his wife June applies lipstick at a dressing table in their Manhattan apartment on April 11, 1950. The photo was taken by Martha Holmes, one of the first female staff photographers at LIFE magazine.
Blanche Calloway fue una cantante de jazz, compositora y líder de banda de origen afroamericano que nació el 9 de febrero de 1902. Era la hermana mayor de Cab Calloway, y ya fue una cantante de éxito antes de que su hermano, sobre quien ejerció una notable influencia artística, subiera a los escenarios. Con una carrera de más de 50 años a sus espaldas, fue la primera mujer en liderar una banda compuesta exclusivamente por hombres.
Here's quite a large crowd celebrating New Years Eve in a sumptuous nightclub, even though the amendment or the Volstead Act as it was called was in place it is the one amendment that Americans paid little heed to and broke more than any other law