WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jazz great Cab Calloway, one of the last of the great swing-band musicians, flew home after collapsing during a show in Tokyo and underwent surgery here early today.
A spokeswoman at White Plains Hospital would give no details on the nature of the surgery. She said Calloway was in "stable but critical" condition and added that the "critical" designation was routinely applied after such an operation. The "King of Hi-de-ho," who turned 81 on Christmas Day, collapsed from exhaustion during intermission at a Dec. 21 show and was taken to Tokyo Hospital. After being treated there for a week, Calloway flew home on Tuesday and was admitted to the hospital around midnight.