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Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader and actor. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction.

Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists", Shaw led one of the United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Though he had numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine". Before the release of "Beguine", Shaw and his fledgling band had languished in relative obscurity for over two years and, after its release, he became a major pop artist within short order. The record eventually became one of the era's defining recordings. Musically restless, Shaw was also an early proponent of what became known much later as Third Stream music, which blended elements of classical and jazz forms and traditions. His music influenced other musicians, such as Monty Norman in England, with the vamp of the James Bond Theme, possibly influenced by 1938's "Nightmare".

Shaw also recorded with small jazz groups drawn from within the ranks of the various big bands he led. He served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1944, (during which time he led a morale-building band that toured the South Pacific amidst the chaos of World War II) and, following his discharge in 1944, he returned to lead a band through 1945. Following the breakup of that band, he began to focus on other interests and gradually withdrew from the world of being a professional musician and major celebrity, although he remained a force in popular music and jazz before retiring from music completely in 1954.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 23, 1910 (New York City), Died December 29, 2004 (Thousand Oaks)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, director, leader, composer, alto saxophone, songwriter, arranger, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 277 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-102942 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 Take my word Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra ; Peggy Lawson Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor MS-102943 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 But definitely Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra ; Peggy Lawson Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor MS-102944 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 On your toes Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor MS-102945 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 I can pull a rabbit out of a hat Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor MS-102946 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early June 1936 You're not the kind Bunny Berigan Studio Orchestra Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor MS-06230 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Jan. 1937 Love is good for anything that ails you Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Peg LaCentra Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-06231 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Jan. 1937 Trust in me Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Peg LaCentra Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-06232 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Jan. 1937 Sweet is the word for you Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Peg LaCentra Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-06233 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Jan. 1937 Cream puff Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-06234 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Jan. 1937 When your lover has gone Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Peg LaCentra Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-07884 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Apr. 1937 Born to swing Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-07885 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Apr. 1937 Twilight in Turkey Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-07886 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Apr. 1937 I'll never tell anyone I love you Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Dorothy Howe ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-07887 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Apr. 1937 Johnny One Note Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Dorothy Howe Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-07888 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Apr. 1937 Someday sweetheart Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director, arranger  
Victor MS-07889 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Apr. 1937 Bus blues Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-011303 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early July 1937 Whispers in the dark Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Peg LaCentra Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-011304 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early July 1937 'Til the clock strikes three Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Peg LaCentra Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-011305 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early July 1937 The folks who live on the hill Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Peg LaCentra Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-011306 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early July 1937 If you should ever leave me Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Peg LaCentra Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-011307 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early July 1937 Because I love you Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-015507 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Sept. 1937 Strange loneliness Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-015508 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Sept. 1937 Rosalie Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band and male vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-015509 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Sept. 1937 Sweet Varsity Sue Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band and male vocal soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-015510 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Sept. 1937 S.O.S. Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director, arranger  
(Results 1-25 of 277 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shaw, Artie," accessed July 5, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

Shaw, Artie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 5, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

"Shaw, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 5 July 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638

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