Calloway, Blanche [Pindar, Blanche Calloway ]
- Howard Rye
[Pindar, Blanche Calloway ]
(b Baltimore, 1902; d Baltimore, Dec 16, 1978). American singer and bandleader, sister of Cab Calloway. She left Morgan State College to perform in local revues in Baltimore. In the mid-1920s she worked as a soloist at the Ciro Club, New York, then toured extensively in revues. In 1925 she recorded as a blues singer accompanied by Louis Armstrong and Richard M. Jones. Calloway held residencies in Chicago, and in 1931 she performed with Andy Kirk at the Pearl Theatre in Philadelphia and recorded as the leader of Kirk’s band. She then formed her own orchestra, which included such sidemen as Puddinghead Battle, Vic Dickenson, Clyde Hart, and Ben Webster; it recorded in 1931 and again in 1934–5 and continued to tour until 1938, when bankruptcy (filed under her married name, Blanche Calloway Pindar) forced Calloway to disband. She formed a new band, which toured from January to ...