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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 251-275 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 60404 10-in. 1/28/1936 Whose big baby are you? Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 60405 10-in. 1/28/1936 Much too much Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 60406 10-in. 1/28/1936 Garbo green Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 60407 10-in. 1/28/1936 You hit the spot Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 60463 10-in. 2/12/1936 Let yourself go Boswell Sisters instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 60464 10-in. 2/12/1936 I'm putting all my eggs in one basket Boswell Sisters instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 75639 12/30/1949 Orinoco Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 75640 12/30/1949 Mucha de nada Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 75641 1/3/1950 Love is the sweetest thing-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 75642 1/3/1950 I get a kick out of you-2 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 75677 1/6/1950 There must be something better than love Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Decca 75678 1/6/1950 Nothin' from nothin' Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Decca 75679 1/6/1950 Love walked in-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 75680 1/6/1950 So easy-2 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 76079 4/4/1950 He's gone away Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 76080 4/4/1950 Foggy foggy dew Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 76081 4/4/1950 The Continental Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 76082 4/4/1950 I'll remember April Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 76099 4/7/1950 Crumbum Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Decca 76100 4/8/1950 The shekomeko shuffle Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Decca 76196 4/27/1950 Count every star Dick Haymes instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 76197 4/27/1950 If you were only mine Dick Haymes instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 76426 5/29/1950 I'm forever blowing bubbles Gordon Jenkins ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 76427 5/29/1950 You're mine, you! Gordon Jenkins ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 76434 5/31/1950 I love the guy Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 251-275 of 321 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shaw, Artie," accessed May 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

Shaw, Artie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

"Shaw, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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