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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 76-100 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-031869 10-in. 1/31/1939 Delightful delirium Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-032961 10-in. 3/12/1939 Any old time Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-032962 10-in. 3/12/1939 I'm in love with the Honorable Mr. So and So Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-032963 10-in. 3/12/1939 Prosschai Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-032964 10-in. 3/12/1939 Deep purple Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-032965 10-in. 3/12/1939 I'm coming Virginia Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-032966 10-in. 3/12/1939 Pastel blue Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-032999 10-in. 3/17/1939 You grow sweeter as the years go by Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-035300 10-in. 3/17/1939 You're so indiff'rent Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-035301 10-in. 3/17/1939 Snug as a bug in a rug Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-035302 10-in. 3/17/1939 If you ever change your mind Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-035303 10-in. 3/17/1939 One night stand Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-035304 10-in. 3/17/1939 One foot in the groove Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter, director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-035782 10-in. 4/24/1939 Why begin again (Pastel blue) Three Reasons ; Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-036237 10-in. 6/5/1939 Octoroon Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036238 10-in. 6/5/1939 I poured my heart into a song Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036239 10-in. 6/5/1939 When winter comes Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036240 10-in. 6/5/1939 All I remember is you Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036241 10-in. 6/5/1939 Out of nowhere Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036264 10-in. 6/12/1939 I can't afford to dream Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036265 10-in. 6/12/1939 Comes love Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036266 10-in. 6/12/1939 Go fly a kite Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036267 10-in. 6/12/1939 A man and his dream Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036268 10-in. 6/12/1939 Traffic jam Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter, director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036269 10-in. 6/12/1939 Serenade to a savage Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 76-100 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.

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