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May 14, 2020 | Considering , Songs

The Story of Minnie and Joe

Of all the fictional characters in jazz music few endure like Minnie the Moocher and Smokey Joe. Minnie The Moocher was first recorded in 1931 by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, selling over a million copies. The song was written by Calloway, Irving Mills and Clarence Gaskill.

The November 22, 1951 issue of Jet magazine gives this account of the "Minnie" on whom the song was based:

Minnie "The Moocher" has died. She was a familiar figure in downtown Indianapolis. An 82-year-old woman whose real name was Minnie Gayton, she acquired the quaint nickname of "The Moocher" by regularly begging food from grocers and carting it off in a baby buggy. She slept in doorways, on porches and in garages. During the record-breaking blizzard, her body was found on a porch, blanketed with snow. She died from exposure.

Like all good businessmen Calloway knew how to get the most of a good thing and he kept the story ticking over for more than fifteen years with additional songs and references.

1931 Minnie the Moocher 1931 Kickin’ the Gong Around 1932 Minnie the Moocher’s Wedding Day 1933 Zaz, Zuh, Zaz 1938 Mister Toscanini, Swing for Minnie 1939 The Ghost of Smokey Joe 1947 Minnie's a Hepcat Now

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First two songs.Great. Not to sure of Smokey but we could give it a try. Wonderful getting together again in person last Friday. Glen

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    1927–1994. Cabell Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer and bandleader. He was a regular performer at the Cotton Club in Harlem, where he became a popular vocalist of the swing era. His niche of mixing jazz and vaudeville won him acclaim during a career that spanned over 65 years.

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    Cabell 'Cab' Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was a jazz singer, bandleader, composer and actor. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer. Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the United