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November 19, 1994 – Sad news for the Entertainment world, this day. Bandleader and Singer synonymous with The Jazz Age of the 1920s, Cab Calloway passed away on the evening of the 18th, of complications from a stroke he suffered some months earlier. Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the United States’ most popular big bands from the start of the 1930s to the late 1940s. Calloway’s band included trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Adolphus “Doc” Cheatham, saxophonists Ben Webster and Leon “Chu” Berry, New Orleans guitarist Danny Barker, and bassist Milt Hinton.
Calloway had several hits in the 1930s–1940s, becoming known as the “Hi-de-ho” man of jazz for his most famous song, Minnie the Moocher, recorded in 1931. He also made several stage, film, and television appearances until his death in 1994 at the age of 86. He influenced later singers such as Michael Jackson and various hip-hop performers. Calloway is the first African American musician to sell a million records from a single song and to have a nationally syndicated radio show. He is in the Grammy Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In other news – With the shift in leadership of the House and Senate from Democratic to GOP, the contentious part of politics went on display. Senator Jesse Helms, in line to be the next Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, went on the CNN Evans and Novak show that Bill Clinton wasn’t up to the job of Commander-in-chief and made the claim no one in positions of power within the Armed Forces felt he was qualified either – although he couldn’t name a single individual when pressed. President Clinton, for his part, went before a political dinner in Honolulu and offered a message of reconciliation.
And in California, Democratic incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein claimed re-election victory over Republican Mike Huffington in a tight race that, as of newstime, Huffington had refused to concede.
And that’s a small slice of what happened, this November 19, 1994 as reported by The CBS World New Roundup.