Calloway challenges us to reevaluate our understanding of American history and view the nation from an entirely new angle. His latest book, The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation was a 2018 National Book Award finalist.
He served in the Labour Party from 1987 until 2003, representing Glasgow Hillhead and Glasgow Kelvin. Later, he joined Respect Party, representing Bethnal Green & Bow (2005-10) and Bradford West (2012-15).
Early Life and Education
Cabell Calloway III was born on December 25, 1907 in Rochester, New York to lawyer and real estate broker Cabell (and an uncle), and Eulalia Reed. Growing up expecting to follow in his father’s footsteps by studying law, but encouraged by sister Blanche to follow her heart and pursue a career as a singer instead.
After graduating high school, he attended Crane College in Chicago, Illinois and started performing with his own band the Alabamians. He also joined the Sunset Cafe orchestra before moving to New York City and becoming a regular at Harlem’s Cotton Club. The success of his song “Minnie the Moocher” (1931) earned him worldwide fame and cemented his place as one of America’s most beloved entertainers during the 1930s. Later on, he featured in films and stage productions such as 1950 revivals of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Hello Dolly!
George Calloway has been an ophthalmologist for more than two decades, specializing in glaucoma, cataracts and retinas. He holds affiliations with OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, Ohio.
Martindale-Hubbell has recognized him as a highly esteemed doctor. Furthermore, he serves as faculty for continuing legal education programs at the State Bar of Georgia.
His most beloved role was as the jive-talking music promoter in The Blues Brothers (1980). In that film, Calloway performed his signature song, “Minnie the Moocher,” with just as much gusto and charm as in 1931.
He previously served as a Respect Party MP from the Scottish Parliament and is an advocate of anti-Zionism and Palestinian rights. He supports Viva Palestina aid convoys to the Gaza Strip and opposes India’s involvement in the Kashmir conflict.
Achievements and Honors
George Calloway’s accomplishments include being awarded the National Medal of Arts and being dubbed “an underwater Indiana Jones”. Additionally, he founded an academic discipline known as underwater archaeology that would become widely studied today.
He achieved success as an author and broadcaster, serving as MP for Bethnal Green & Bow representing the Respect party after being expelled from Labour in May 2005.
He was an accomplished stage and screen actor, featuring in the film The Blues Brothers and making television appearances. Additionally, he earned numerous awards for his music as well as work as a performer and promoter.
George Calloway has always been known for his passion for music. He began as a drummer and singer at various nightclubs in Chicago before founding his own band, the Alabamians.
He is widely considered one of the founding fathers of American jazz, having performed with renowned musicians such as trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Chu Berry. Additionally, he toured Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.
George has a deep-seated passion for music, as well as writing. He has published more than a dozen books on topics ranging from Native American history to the Civil War to slavery in America.
George Calloway is an acclaimed American entertainment reporter and radio host, best known for hosting shows such as Total Request Live and Direct Effect. Additionally, he serves as a regular correspondent for MTV.
He has amassed his net worth through his career as an entertainer and radio host, as well as through his musical contributions.
Throughout his career, he has featured in multiple movies and television shows such as Unfabulous, ER, and The CW’s Riverdale.
In 2019, he starred as Matt Monroe in Countdown, a supernatural horror film that follows a mobile app (Countdown) that alerts its users when they are near death. The movie was an international success, grossing over $48 million worldwide. Other cast members include PJ Byrne, Peter Facinelli, Talitha Bateman, Elizabeth Lail and Tichina Arnold.