C&L's Late Night Music Club With Chris Calloway

My dad had an incredible collection of jazz 78s. My favourite was the disc that held Cab Calloway’s ‘Minnie the Moocher’ and ‘Kickin’ the Gong Around’ and I sang both with gusto, at the top of my little lungs. I probably started singing this song while I still learning to talk.

Of course I didn’t know that nickels and dimes were eighths and quarters of pot (Minnie the Moocher lyrics), what cokies were, or that kickin the gong around was slang for opium smoking. I know my mom didn’t know any of that. But I liked the scat parts the best.

Cab’s daughter, Chris, who died after a very long battle with breast cancer last year, sings this version of ‘Kickin the Gong Around.’


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