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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 51-75 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-028975 10-in. 11/17/1938 Deep in a dream Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-028976 10-in. 11/17/1938 Day after day Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-028977 10-in. 11/17/1938 Softly, as in a morning sunrise Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-028978 10-in. 11/17/1938 Copenhagen Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-030731 10-in. 12/19/1938 A room with a view Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-030732 10-in. 12/19/1938 Say it with a kiss Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-030733 10-in. 12/19/1938 They say Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-030734 10-in. 12/19/1938 It took a million years Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-030735 10-in. 12/19/1938 Jungle drums (Canto karabali) Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-030736 10-in. 12/19/1938 It had to be you Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031491 10-in. 1/17/1939 Lover, come back to me Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031492 10-in. 1/17/1939 My heart stood still Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031493 10-in. 1/17/1939 Rosalie Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031494 10-in. 1/17/1939 Supper time Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031495 10-in. 1/17/1939 Vilia Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031823 10-in. 1/23/1939 The man I love Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031824 10-in. 1/23/1939 The donkey serenade Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031825 10-in. 1/23/1939 Bill Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031826 10-in. 1/23/1939 Zigeuner Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031827 10-in. 1/23/1939 Carioca Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031864 10-in. 1/31/1939 Alone together Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031865 10-in. 1/31/1939 Rose room Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031866 10-in. 1/31/1939 I want my share of love Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031867 10-in. 1/31/1939 It's all yours Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-031868 10-in. 1/31/1939 This is it Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 51-75 of 321 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shaw, Artie," accessed April 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

Shaw, Artie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

"Shaw, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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