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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 26-50 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-015511 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Sept. 1937 I'm yours Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band and male vocal soloist director, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor MS-017807 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Dec. 1937 Good night angel Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Nita Bradley Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solos director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-017808 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Dec. 1937 You're out of this world Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Nita Bradley ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with vocal soloists director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-017809 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Dec. 1937 Love for sale Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band and male vocal soloist director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-017810 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Dec. 1937 Monsoon Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band and male vocal soloist director, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor MS-017811 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late Dec. 1937 Nightmare Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band and male vocal soloist director, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor MS-019825 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early Feb. 1938 Toy trumpet Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Nita Bradley Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-019826 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early Feb. 1938 Power house Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-019827 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early Feb. 1938 Old apple tree Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Nita Bradley Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-019828 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early Feb. 1938 More than ever Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Nita Bradley Jazz/dance band and female vocal soloist director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-019829 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately early Feb. 1938 Blue fantasy Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Nita Bradley ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band and vocal soloists director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-024079 10-in. 7/24/1938 Begin the beguine Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-024080 10-in. 7/24/1938 Indian love call Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-024081 10-in. 7/24/1938 Comin' on Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-024082 10-in. 7/24/1938 Back Bay shuffle Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter, director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-024083 10-in. 7/24/1938 Any old time Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-024084 10-in. 7/24/1938 I can't believe that you're in love with me Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-027229 10-in. 9/27/1938 Nightmare (Theme song) Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-027230 10-in. 9/27/1938 Non-stop flight Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director, composer  
Victor BS-027231 10-in. 9/27/1938 Yesterdays Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-027232 10-in. 9/27/1938 What is this thing called love? Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-027233 10-in. 9/27/1938 You're a sweet little headache Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-027234 10-in. 9/27/1938 I have eyes Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-028973 10-in. 11/17/1938 Between a kiss and a sigh Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-028974 10-in. 11/17/1938 Thanks for ev'rything Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 26-50 of 321 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shaw, Artie," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

Shaw, Artie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

"Shaw, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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