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Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, actor and author of 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, whose "James Bond Theme" features a vamp possibly influenced by Shaw's 1938 recording of "Nightmare".

Shaw also recorded with small jazz groups drawn from within the ranks of the 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. 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 30, 2004 (Thousand Oaks)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1955

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

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Recordings (Results 226-250 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D5VB-1075 10-in. 7/11/1945 That's for me Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Hal Stevens Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor D5VB-1076 10-in. 7/11/1945 Thay can't take that away from me Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D5VB-1079 10-in. 7/14/1945 Our love is here to stay Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D5VB-1080 10-in. 7/14/1945 I was doing alright Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D5VB-1089 10-in. 7/21/1945 They didn't believe me Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor D5VB-1091 10-in. 7/24/1945 I can't get started with you Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor D5VB-1096 10-in. 7/26/1945 Just floatin' along Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director, composer  
Victor D5VB-1098 10-in. 7/28/1945 Yolanda Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Hal Stevens Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor D5VB-1099 10-in. 7/30/1945 I can't escape from you Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor D5VB-1102 10-in. 7/31/1945 Scuttlebutt Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor D5VB-1103 10-in. 8/2/1945 The gentle grifter Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor D5VB-1104 10-in. 8/2/1945 Mysterioso Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor D5VB-1105 10-in. 8/2/1945 Hop, skip and jump Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Gennett 14137 10-in. 8/13/1928 Heartbroken and lonely Joe Cantor Orchestra Jazz/dance band vocalist, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Gennett 14138 10-in. 8/13/1928 Wa-da-da Joe Cantor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Gennett 14139 10-in. 8/13/1928 Frisco squabble Joe Cantor Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Gennett 14141 10-in. 8/13/1928 The girlfriend Joe Cantor Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Vocalion 19535 10-in. 7/10/1936 Did I remember? Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Vocalion 19536 10-in. 7/10/1936 No regrets Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Vocalion 19537 10-in. 7/10/1936 Summertime Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Vocalion 19538 10-in. 7/10/1936 Billie's blues (I love my man) Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 60029 10-in. 10/8/1935 Top hat, white tie and tails Boswell Sisters instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 60030 10-in. 10/8/1935 Cheek to cheek Boswell Sisters instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 60302 10-in. 1/6/1936 I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter Boswell Sisters instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 60303 10-in. 1/6/1936 The music goes 'round and around Boswell Sisters instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
(Results 226-250 of 321 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shaw, Artie," accessed April 23, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

Shaw, Artie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

"Shaw, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 April 2024.

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

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