“Minnie the Moocher” was written by the famous band leader, jazz composer and singer Cabell “Cab” Calloway III, and the jazz music publisher Irving Mills. It was first recorded in 1931 by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, and became their signature song for the next decade. Beloved by audiences, “Minnie the Moocher” earned Calloway the nickname “The Hi De Hi De Hi Man” based on his unique form of scatting in the song.
Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra
Cotton Club OST (1984)
Betty Boop (1932)
In 1932, Calloway recorded the song for a Fleischer Studios Talkartoon short cartoon, also called Minnie the Moocher, starring Betty Boop and Bimbo, and released on March 11, 1932. Calloway and his band provide most of the short’s score and themselves appear in a live-action introduction, playing “Prohibition Blues”. The thirty-second live-action segment is the earliest-known film footage of Calloway.