Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cab Calloway - Reefer Man

Yes, I'm writing about another dead black pop star.

Cab Calloway was crazy awesome. He was just one of those performers that instantly grabbed your attention and wouldn't let go. He bounced around, gesticulated like a mad man, and could make undeserving phrases like "Hi De Ho " sound so damn cool.

Not only is the above video a great example of Calloway's fast-paced ditties, but it's also interesting to see the perception of marijuana in the 1930's. I guess drugs and musicians have been linked since the dawn of time. Here, weed puts the upright bass player into a frenzied slapping-trance. He's a "funny reefer man," just doing his thing.

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