Cab Calloway was an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, conductor, and dancer associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem during the swing era. He mixed jazz and vaudeville, leading one of the most popular dance bands in the US from the 1930s to the 1940s. His band included famous jazz musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Ben Webster. Calloway is known for his energetic scat singing and hit records like Minnie the Moocher. He was the first African-American musician to sell a million records from a single and have a nationally syndicated radio show. Calloway appeared in several films, including The Blues Brothers, and received the National Medal of Arts and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His work is preserved in the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry and the National Film Registry.