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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 101-125 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-036291 10-in. 6/22/1939 Easy to say Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist, director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036292 10-in. 6/22/1939 I'll remember Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036293 10-in. 6/22/1939 Moonray Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter, director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-036294 10-in. 6/22/1939 Melancholy mood Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-036840 10-in. 5/1/1939 Why begin again? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-042546 10-in. 3/3/1940 Frenesi Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-042547 10-in. 3/3/1940 Adios, Mariquita linda Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-042548 10-in. 3/3/1940 Gloomy Sunday Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Pauline Byrne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-042549 10-in. 3/3/1940 My fantasy Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Pauline Byrne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-042550 10-in. 3/3/1940 A deserted farm Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-042551 10-in. 3/3/1940 Don't fall asleep Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Pauline Byrne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet, songwriter  
Victor BS-042605 10-in. 8/27/1939 Put that down in writing Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-042606 10-in. 8/27/1939 Day in─day out Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-042607 10-in. 8/27/1939 Two blind loves Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-042608 10-in. 8/27/1939 Last two weeks in July Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-042609 10-in. 8/27/1939 Oh, lady be good Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-042610 10-in. 8/27/1939 I surrender, dear Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-042755 10-in. 9/28/1939 Many dreams ago Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-042756 10-in. 9/28/1939 A table in a corner Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-042757 10-in. 9/28/1939 If what you say is true Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-042758 10-in. 9/28/1939 Without a dream to my name Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043316 10-in. 10/26/1939 Love is here Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter, director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043317 10-in. 10/26/1939 All in fun Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043318 10-in. 10/26/1939 All the things you are Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043319 10-in. 10/26/1939 You're a lucky guy Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Tony Pastor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 101-125 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638

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