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Cab Kaye

(1921—2000) musician, singer, and entertainer


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b. Augustus Kwamlah Nii-lante Quaye, 3 September 1921, London, England, d. 13 March 2000, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The son of an English music hall artist and Ga (Ghanaian) pianist Caleb Jonas Kwamlah Quaye (who, as ‘Mope Desmond’, played with Sidney Bechet in London in 1921), Kaye began his singing career with Billy Cotton. As ‘Young Cab’, he sang and played percussion with drummer Ivor Kirchin, then in 1940 joined Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson, with whom he broadcast on several occasions until the outbreak of World War II. Injuries sustained while serving in the Merchant Navy led to hospitalization in New York, where he later toured clubs in Harlem and Greenwich Village and sat in with Roy Eldridge and Sandy Williams. Returning to England, Kaye joined clarinettist Harry Parry and accordionist Tito Burns, subsequently appearing with the big bands of Vic Lewis and Ted Heath. In the early 50s, Kaye organized a band to play dances for newly-arrived Caribbean settlers, and with it made two extended trips to Europe.

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From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.


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