Friday, February 7, 2014

Black History Month: Blanche Calloway

Blanche Calloway's brother, Cab, made the last name famous but Blanche was a celebrity in her own right. The first woman—period—to lead an all-male orchestra, appropriately enough called “Blanche Calloway and Her Orchestra,” she toured the country and eventually recorded for RCA Victor. The outfit disbanded in 1938 because money was tight, but she continued to perform as a solo act and subsequently created an all-female orchestra. Then, for two more decades, she flexed her musical talents on a completely different platform as a DJ at a Miami radio station. (Source, Essence)

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